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Fostering positive mental wellbeing for children with disability

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Have you thought about how you can best support the social and emotional wellbeing of children with disability?

National not for profit organisation, Emerging Minds, has a suite of free online courses and resources designed to help foster positive mental health for children aged up to 12 years.

Developed in partnership with children with disability and their families, the resources are perfect for anyone who works with children, including disability support workers, allied health professionals and general practitioners.

Emerging Minds’ Practice Development Manager, Dr Daniel Moss, said it was vital that mental health support was considered as part of a holistic approach to children’s care.

“Studies show that from the age of three years, a child with intellectual disability is already significantly more likely to develop mental health difficulties. But with the right support, professionals can prevent these challenges from developing and continuing into adulthood,” said Dr Moss.

“As professionals, we need to keep in mind the different factors that can influence the mental health and wellbeing of children with disability. Incorporating child-centred, family-centred and communication-focused skills and interventions into our everyday practice will help us to better support both children and families.”

Learn more about Emerging Minds’ suite of disability resources and sign up for free.

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