Early Childhood Assessment Experts Offer Free Webinar on the Effects of Trauma on Children

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Pearson Sponsors Web Presentation in Conjunction with Fifth Annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

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With the growing importance of early intervention comes the need to identify emerging social-emotional problems in infants and toddlers. We're focused on drawing attention to this important topic and providing quality assessments that help clinical psychologists, early childhood professionals and school psychologists quickly and effectively evaluate children

The Clinical Assessment group of the education services and technology company Pearson is sponsoring National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) to raise understanding of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrate how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and show how children with mental health needs thrive in the community.

For the third year, Pearson has invested in and furthered the efforts of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Awareness Day. On May 6, in line with events around the nation, Pearson is offering a web presentation on the effects of trauma on young children, a growing trend in the clinical psychological industry and one that fits with the Awareness Day theme of early childhood.

Doctors Alice S. Carter and Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan, co-authors of the Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA™) and Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA™), will co-host the free webinar, which begins at 1:30 CDT. Interested parties can register for the webinar here: http://www.PsychCorp.com/CMHAD.

"With the growing importance of early intervention comes the need to identify emerging social-emotional problems in infants and toddlers. We're focused on drawing attention to this important topic and providing quality assessments that help clinical psychologists, early childhood professionals and school psychologists quickly and effectively evaluate children," said Carol Watson, president of Pearson's Clinical Assessment group in North America. "To show our commitment to this educational effort, we also created free downloadable posters and distributed nearly 25,000 green ribbons to be worn on May 6 in support of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day."

During the webinar, Drs. Carter and Briggs-Gowan will present existing literature that indicates children under the age of five may be particularly vulnerable to adverse experiences and review results from scientific studies that have

  •     shown potentially traumatic events are associated with a wide range of symptoms and disorders in young children. The range of difficulties experienced include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a wide array of difficulties with internalizing and externalizing problems;
  •     documented that violence exposure may be a particularly harmful form of traumatic event for young children; and
  •     indicated that a substantial proportion of young children experience potentially traumatic events.

The webinar will also highlight early childhood assessment tools that can provide helpful insights into the social-emotional functioning of young children, such as the ITSEA and BITSEA.

The BITSEA is a quick effective screening test of children ages 12 to 36 months that serves as a comprehensive screening instrument to evaluate social and emotional behavior. If social-emotional and competency developmental delays are identified, psychologies can follow up with ITSEA for further assessment. Administered in 25 to 30 minutes, the ITSEA provides an in-depth analysis to guide intervention planning.

Pearson provides a number of instruments designed to help identify the mental health needs of children and adolescents, including the BASC-2™, BASC-2™ Behavioral and Emotional Screening System, BITSEA™, BYI-II, Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart, ITSEA™, MACI™, MMPI-A™, M-PACI™, Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents, and SSIS™ tests.
For a complete list of Pearson's early childhood products, click here.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about the Assessment and Information Group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.

For more information, press only:
Stacy Skelly, Pearson, 800-745-8489, stacy(dot)skelly(at)pearson(dot)com

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