Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Learning to Support Your Child’s Mental Health Needs

02/04/2016 | Published by: Monica Castillo

If you see signs of anxiety, depression, or a disability in your child, teenager, or young adult, you are not alone. An increasing number of children, teens and young adults are affected by anxiety and depression. Living with depression or anxiety can be a huge task. But when these disorders are coupled with ADD or ADHD, it can make life even more difficult. These disorders can lead to difficult behavior if left untreated. 

Keeping your child safe while allowing them to become independent is easier said than done. What looks like defiant or reckless behavior from our children may be a call for help. You may feel angry, confused or betrayed, but being proactive at this time is important. Take note of changes in behavior, social, sleep, and eating habits. Take action to improve the lines of communication and trust with your child.

You can learn more about children’s mental health issues and ways to support your child at the Texas Neuro Rehab Center in Austin. The Center offers a free monthly Parent Educational Series that is open to the public. Dinner and refreshments are provided.  Sessions cover topics from building your child's self-esteem to anxiety to self-harming behavior, etc. 

Past sessions included:

  • Communicating with Schools About Your Child’s Needs
  • Healthy or Unhealthy?  School Related and Performance Anxiety and Parental Intervention
  • Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm
  • Stress Strategies for the Holiday Season and Family Communication about Mental Illness

Take advantage of this free public service to learn positive strategies to support your child’s mental health needs. Helping our children learn to cope with difficulty in life can make a world of difference. 

Visit The Ranch Achievement page at Texas Neuro Rehab Center for more information. To schedule a presentation for your group or organization, call Terri McBryde at 512-462-6672. You can find even more support and resource information on our Mental and Behavioral Health page.

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