Even young children can experience mental health problems. Trauma or loss can be devastating to children's emotional well-being even in infancy, and a disorder such as ADHD needs to be addressed as early as possible. Questions answered in this Chat include, “Isn't a preschool child too young to have a serious mental health problem? Won't he or she just grow out of it?” “Do more young children have serious emotional problems today than 5 or 10 years ago?” “What approaches can parents and teachers of young children take to develop children's mental health in positive ways?”
The opinions, resources, and referrals provided on the IEL Web site are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to take the place of medical or legal advice, or of other appropriate services. We encourage you to seek direct local assistance from a qualified professional if necessary before taking action.
The content of the IEL Web site does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the Illinois Early Learning Project, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or the Illinois State Board of Education.
NOTE: There may be publications on this page that are available as PDF (portable document format) files. To be able to read these files, download the free Adobe Reader.