PARENT AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES and Teachers as Allies
Recognizing Early-onset Mental lness in Children and AdolescentsI is a grassroots, family and consumer organization dedicated improving the lives of people with mental illnesses and their families.
NAMI created Parents and Teachers as Allies to help families and school professionals identify the key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in our schools. It focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youngsters. The publication is intended to provide an educational tool for advancing mutual understanding and communication between families and school professionals.
The publication includes the following sections:
- Becoming allies:Reckoning with different perspectives;
- The heart of the matter:Children robbed of childhood;
- Keys to early recognition and treatment;
- Learning and working together as allies;
- Signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents;
- Understanding family reactions to mental illnesses and guidelines for helping families;
- Navigating the referral process as allies;
- Strengthening the alliance:How NAMI can help;
- Resources for parents and teachers; and
- References:Basic books and Web sites.
Parents and Teachers as Allies makes clear that families and school professionals are natural allies in working to ensure that youth with early-onset mental illnesses receive timely and appropriate treatment. NAMI looks forward to working with and supporting school professionals and families to improve the lives and educational outcomes of children with mental illnesses.
Parents and Teachers as Allies
In-Service Program for Schools
Our panel is made up of four people: an education professional who is the parent of an early on-set child, a NAMI family educator who is the parent of an early on-set child, a parent of a child with early on-set who is in school now, and an adult who had mental illness as a child.
Our panel’s presentation is based on the NAMI publication PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES. Our two-hour presentation will address the different perspectives on mental illness that the participants may have.
We will walk the attendees through the signs of the major early on-set neurobiological brain disorders and how they appear differently in the home versus the school setting. We will also compare the differences between a young child’s symptoms and those of an adolescent.
The panel members will discuss with the attendees the emotional impact, of having a child with mental illness, on parents and what teachers can do to assist families in emotional turmoil. The consumer team member will speak about her experiences as a child in school and what teachers did that helped and what was done that hurt.
Finally the panel will discuss with the attendees the vital need for early intervention and treatment. We will address the subject of “psychiatric labeling”, and speak of NAMI programs and other resources.