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   Mental Health


 

Head Start works with parents and community agencies to serve children regardless of disabilities.

 

 For children entering with special needs:

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Therapies such as speech, occupational, and physical are available at centers.

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Specially trained teachers help classroom teachers plan activities and lessons for individual special needs.

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Head Start coordinates services with the local intermediate unit for special needs

 

All children are screened to determined strengths and needs.

With parent permission, each child's developmental levels and behavior are screened by the classroom staff. If a delay is suspected in any area, parents will be contacted for input and further testing may be recommended. Subsequent evaluations may take place at Head Start or at other agencies in the area. Head Start staff assists parents through all of these processes.

 

Head Start also has a Mental Health Consultant who is available to work with children, families, and staff to help identify and assist with mental health education.

 

Mental health issues may include:

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Family members in prison

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Grief and sorrow

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Divorce, separation, frequent moves, and other family changes

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Depression, stress, and anxiety

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Substance abuse

 

Mental health services may include:

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Mental health wellness trainings for staff, parents and children

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Consultation and observation by the Mental Health Consultant

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Coordination with Community Mental Health Resources as needed

All services are provided free of charge; click on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Examples of Disabilities:

 
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Health Impairment

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Emotional/ Behavioral Disorders

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Speech/ Language Disorders

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Mental Retardation

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Hearing Impairment

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Orthopedic Impairment

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Visual Impairment

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Learning Disabilities

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Autism

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Traumatic Brain Injury

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Other Impairments 

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion is the process of involving everyone in all activities regardless of special needs. Special needs can be seen in any developmental area including physical development, speech/ language development, social/ emotional development, self help/ adaptive development, or cognitive development. Delays in any of these areas qualify a student for inclusion. At Head Start, students are welcomed and integrated into our classrooms regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area.