Fostering emotional and social well-being: here’s how

About 1 in 5 children need care for a mental health issue, says Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Block says the AAP wants parents to have the knowledge and tools they need to recognize when their child may be struggling so they can get help, but also to foster their child’s emotional and social well-being.

Children’s mental health is an important part of their overall well-being.

So to help guide parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians about child behavior, emotions and other mental health topics.

Parents can listen first-hand as pediatricians answer common questions:

  • How do you instill good habits in your children?
  • What’s the best way to praise your child?
  • Is it normal for teenagers to be moody?
  • How can parents nurture their young child’s emotional development?
  • How is ADHD diagnosed in preschool-age children?
  • How can parents encourage open communication with their teenager?

Listen to Sound Advice on Mental Health

Parents can have a tremendous positive impact in helping their children learn how to manage stress, develop healthy relationships and form positive emotional habits, says the AAP.

The site also includes videos on these topics:
  • Fostering positive mental health in  children
  • Adolescent mental health and depression
  • Infant and toddler emotional development
  • Postpartum depression on children and families
  • New AAP guidelines on diagnosing and managing ADHD in children and adolescents
  • Advice on helping children cope with traumatic events.
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