Child Mental Health

Resources and information on children’s mental health issues.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Facts and Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Facts and Tips for Parents and Caregivers Written by Laura Horton, PhD, Arkansas Families First, LLC   What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly called autism, is a developmental disorder often diagnosed in early childhood. Until recent changes in diagnostic criteria, Autism Spectrum Disorder was categorized as Autistic Disorder,…

The Importance of Play in a Child’s Development

The Importance of Play in a Child’s Development By Elizabeth Huffstutter, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist The benefits of play have been widely studied. Play has been shown to impact a child’s cognitive, language, social and physical development. Children are spending less time in play and more time using media devices (e.g. T.V., computer, tablets, smart phones).…

Back to School Stress: Strategies for Success

Having back to school stress is a common struggle for children, but there are some things you can do to ease the pain. Here are some tips to help reduce anxiety and have a tear-free first week of school. 1. Healthy Family Routines: The Arkansas Psychological Association reports that family plays a key role in modeling healthy behaviors that…

Resources for Families in the Aftermath of Tornadoes

Tips for Talking to Children, and Other Resources for Families in the Aftermath of Tornadoes. Provided by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress & the Arkansas Psychological Association       Tornado Response Factsheets for parents, teachers, children, and teens: After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal (PDF) >En Español [Después de Pasar por La Experiencia…

Child Abuse Prevention Month – Arkansas Psychological Association

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014       Little Rock, AR, April 14, 2014–April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Arkansas Psychological Association encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Arkansas a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have…