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Children’s Mental Health Awareness

Today we recognize Children’s Mental Health Awareness. The importance of this issue does not depend on whether you are personally affected. The truth is we all know someone suffering from mental health.

Do you understand the significance of early detection and notice the problematic signs? Do you realize the role therapy plays in addressing mental health in children?

Early Detection

In the United States 1 in 6 children between the ages of 2 – 8 has a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. 5 kids in a class of 30! More than half of them that have a developmental delay are not discovered before the age of 3.

Most parents think their child is merely going through a “phase” and will grow out of concerning issues. It is easy to think this way especially if they are your first child and you have not yet seen typical behaviors and development from older siblings. Each child is different, but if you are seeing abnormal behavior then extra attention is needed. It can be heartbreaking watching a child struggle.

Warning Signs

If you are concerned your child shows signs of a mental illness consult their doctor. Tell them about behaviors that are worrying you.

These signs can be any of the following:

  • Withdrawing from social interactions
  • Outbursts or extreme irritability
  • Self-harm or aggressive behavior
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Problems sleeping
  • Inability to focus
  • Extended periods of sadness
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Frequent levels of anxiety

Screening for mental health during the early years will help with intervention and is required for receiving needed services. Seek the support your child needs.

The Role of Occupational and Speech Therapy

When it comes to mental illness, occupational and speech therapists at FUNctionabilities provide therapy services for children and youth by focusing on function and independence. This includes creating goals and an individualized plan after specific testing to understand the causes of the symptoms. This helps children learn to expand their abilities and perform tasks their peers effortlessly do. They learn to express their feelings and better communicate while improving their social skills and confidence.

Strive to be the hero your child needs. Do what it takes to help them. If you have concerns, then begin treatment at an early age. Don’t delay! Without treatment, disorders will continue into adulthood causing emotional, mental, and physical issues on a larger scale. Our therapists promote mental health daily as they work with children. These children receive our life-changing therapy that enables them to DREAM, FIGHT, and BECOME all you hoped for. 

Ready for another tool in your parenting toolkit? You’re not alone. See what to do after receiving a diagnosis for mental illness.

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/health-and-wellness/advice/mental-health/how-you-can-help-your-child-after-they-ve-been-diagnosed-with-mental-illness

References:

https://www.samhsa.gov/childrens-awareness-day

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/mental-illness-in-children/art-20046577

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Our Response to COVID-19

The top concern at FUNctionabilities is the health and safety of our beloved kids and their families. Just like you, we are taking the current situation regarding COVID-19 very seriously and monitoring it closely. 

It’s tough being home all day with your kids and you’ve again been able to see how important therapy is. Providing transformational therapy is important, to us and we plan to remain open for these essential treatment sessions. We will continue care and be supportive to all parents while following the guidance given by local and federal health officials.  

We wanted to share our new preventative measures and adjustments: 

  • Everyone entering our building will be washing their hands. Children will wash their hands before and after therapy
  • Our receptionist will check you in since we have discontinued the self-check-in process for now. We’ll also make things easier for you by charging the credit card we already have on file for your portion responsibility of treatment. 
  • We are asking parents and family members to wait in their car during treatment
  • Each therapist will accompany the child outside to their parents in the car to discuss how therapy is progressing. 
  • Because the health of everyone here is so important we’ve installed a  REME HALO® UV air purification system. It effectively kills up to 99% of most germs, bacteria, and viruses on surfaces and in the air. Watch the process of its installation and why we knew it is so important!  
  • We are taking the temperature of all children and staff each day and will ask anyone running a fever or showing other symptoms to return home. We understand how important it is to keep everyone healthy.
  • We are sanitizing all door handles, counters, and bathrooms during each transition (when a therapist finishes with one child and begins with another.)
  • Our awesome gym already provides plenty of space, but for now we’ll only have up to 10 people (5 children and 5 therapists) at a time. Additionally, there will be at least 6 ft. between individuals and their activities. Don’t worry!  
  • Every evening we are spraying multi-surface disinfectant and wiping down all surfaces, along with our regular cleaning. 

We work hard to keep our entire building clean and organized so kids can enjoy life-changing therapy. This whole situation is new for all of us and we’re doing our best to adjust as needed and will update you on our policies. 

Please take the following precautions in your home as well: 

✔️ Wash your hands often. Count to 20 or sing the ABC’s with your child to make sure they’re clean!  

✔️ Cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue if you cough or sneeze.  

✔️ Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 ft. from others. 

✔️ Stay home if you or a family member is feeling sick. 

✔️ Disinfect commonly used areas. Things like door handles, counters and tables, and electronic devices get touched a lot!  

As always, please help us by calling at least 48 hours in advance if you need to reschedule your child’s appointment. Let our therapists know what they can do to further help you at home. We appreciate you helping us keep our community healthy in a difficult time.  

If you have any concerns, please contact us at (801) 443-7775.  

We’re here for you and your child! Let’s all stay healthy so we get through this together.  

-The FUN Team  

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