Segment 5 - Recognizing Signs of Mental Health Disorders Early On

Paul Gionfriddo tied the work of collaborative teams with the necessity of getting into the schools to help children as early as possible.

Paul Gionfriddo tied the work of collaborative teams with the necessity of getting into the schools to help children as early as possible.

“We let years go by without getting kids appropriately and properly screened and identified; we let years go by without getting them into the special ed services they need in order to be able to succeed in school,” he said. “And then, when they become adults, we wonder why it is that they end up in our jails and out on our streets.”

Mr Gionfriddo and Drs Stuart Lustig and Wayne Katon all agreed that often parents suspect something is going on, and even if they don’t know what it is exactly, the best thing to do is be open to discussing it and finding out more.