As a nation we spend millions of dollars on late stage problems with our young including school failure, juvenile and adult crime, mental illness, addiction and physical disease. Whole bureaucracies are designed to treat people who have suffered emotional trauma –once symptoms arise in full force. Each of these bureaucracies are overwhelmed and failing to adequately turn the tide of people requiring their services…a reality that is increasingly expensive in both financial and human terms.
But when emotional trauma first surfaces in families — emerging as problems with child behavior management or adult anger management, anxious or depressed behavior, parental conflict, bullying, aggressive behavior or school problems, to name just a few—where can families turn?
We know that parents across all class and ethnic lines separate and divorce, find new partners, remarry, move, become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and/or face their own mental health issues. And we know that children from any background may be affected by ADD, ADHD, sensory motor processing problems, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, aggressive or hyper-sensitive temperaments, learning disabilities, depression, drug abuse, suicide. The more we learn about the brain, the more we realize the crucial importance and of getting to challenges early before they shape a young brain..
Yet despite this awareness, and regardless of income, parents struggle without clear options for dealing with unprecedented rates of behavioral and emotional challenges with their children.
Little problems turn into big ones because we have no easy or routine- let alone inviting- way to access the knowledge and support we need to prevent or intervene early in such challenges from the beginning of life.
The Parenting Institute is designed to change this equation…to translate the neurobiological information, and the literature on the emotional foundation for health—currently available primarily to professionals— to make it available in a warm and welcoming venue and accessible to parents at the earliest possible point in their discernment of developmental problems. Drawing on the best practices from across the country, the Parenting Institute is based on the concept that a child’s emotional and behavioral health deserves the same priority as the child’s physical health. Like physical health, it is best protected by preventive, front-ended attention.
In the same way that parents now routinely seek the guidance of the pediatrician to shepherd their children’s physical health, parents can routinely check in at the Parenting Institute for guidance to prepare for the next stages of their children’s emotional development. Or they may come for immediate help when they are first troubled by a child’s behavior.
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