Kansas School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) provides communities – school, parents and community partners – with information to support the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of children within a multi-tier system of supports.
Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) are the kinds of activities and experiences that enrich a child’s life. According to a recent study positive childhood experiences counter the damaging effects of adverse experiences. PCEs are what make childhood a time of growth, change, exploration, and happiness. According to the study from Johns Hopkins University, there are seven PCEs that could have lifelong effects on mental and relationship health.
- Understanding Positive Childhood Experiences (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- Understanding Positive Childhood Experiences During Adolescent (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- How Can You Help? Stress and Childhood (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- Youth Suicide Awareness (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- TASN School Mental Health Initiative (TASN)
- Mental Health and Functional Behavioral Assessment (TASN)
- Transitioning Students Back from Psychiatric Hospitalization Back to School
- Trauma-Responsive Student Support Planning Packet (TASN)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. The more ACEs a child experiences, the more likely he is to struggle with learning, playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.
- ACEs: After the Hospital: Helping My Child Cope
- ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions
- A Guide to Toxic Stress
- Bullying as an Adverse Childhood Experience
- The Developing Brain & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Trauma is an emotional response to an intense event that threatens or causes harm. The harm can be physical or emotional, real or perceived, and it can threaten the child or someone close to him or her. Trauma can be the result of a single event, or it can result from exposure to multiple events over time.
Trauma & Traumatic Stress Resources
- Families and Caregivers: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilities
- Signs of Trauma
- The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who have Experienced Trauma
- Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (Video)
- Trauma and Violence
- What is Childhood Trauma?
- What is Childhood Trauma? What are Traumatic Events?
Trauma: How you can help.
- 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know
- Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event: A Recovery Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders
- Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma
- Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences
- Supporting Students Experiencing Childhood Trauma: Tips for Parents and Educators
- Trauma Sensitivity During the IEP Process
- Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP Meeting
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from frustrations and to recover from setbacks. Resilient individuals adapt to change, stress or problems. They are able to take things in stride. The result of this bouncing back is a feeling of success and confidence.
- A 4-Step Process for Building Student Resilience
- In Brief: Resilience Video Series
- Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool
Mental Health Fact Sheets (TASN)
- Mental Health Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- Anxiety Disorder Fact Sheet
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Fact Sheet
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fact Sheet
- Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Fact Sheet
- Conduct Disorder Fact Sheet
- Depressive Disorders Fact Sheet
- Eating Disorders Fact Sheet
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Fact Sheet
- Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Fact Sheet
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Fact Sheet
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Fact Sheet
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) Fact Sheet
- Schizophrenia Fact Sheet
- Tourette Syndrome (TS) Fact Sheet
- Autism Mental Health Issues & A Guidebook on Mental Health Issues Affecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The TASN School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (#H323A17006) and is administered by the Kansas Department of Education.