4284.1: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Table 1

Abstract #13032

Developing an Infant,Toddler and Preschool Mental Health Service in a public setting

Harry Wright, MD, MBA, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 3555 Harden Street Ext, Suite 104, Columbia, SC 29203, 803 434 4250, hhw@npsy.ceb.sc.edu, Michael Cuccaro, PhD, U S C - School of Medicine, William S Hall Psychiatric Institute, PO Box 202, Columbia, SC 29202, and Tami Leonhardt, PhD, School of Medicine / USC, 237 Medical Circle, West Columbia, SC 29169.

At those rare times when mental health is the focus of discussion about promoting health in the nation, the population of childen age 0-5 years are not usually considered. This presentation describes the development of an infant, toddler and preschool mental health service which utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach and focus on the young children as well as their families. Our program, one of a small number of programs that focuses on young children, has four components: a developmental preschool for 3-5 year olds, an infant clniic for 0-3 year olds, a pediatric and community consultation for 0-5 year olds and a parent-child interaction therapy component. We will report on 100 infants and toddlers seen in our infant clinic. The mean age was 28.5 months, 67% were male and half were African-American. We will also describe our work with the Pediatric Rehabilitation Service where our team provides consultation to therapists (physical, occupational and speech) who work with families of young children (0-5) with a wide variety of developmental problems. The therapist provides counseling and anticipatory guidance for emotional and behavior concerns. Finally, we will describe the preschool program and the parent-child interaction therapy component with a clinical case study.

Learning Objectives: The participant will learn about the issues in developing a mental health progran for young children and their families

Keywords: Child/Adolescent Mental Health,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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