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Current mental health screenings alone not accurate enough to help elementary students, MU study finds

Researchers find 20 percent of the variance in risk assessments is due to teacher and classroom factors rather than student differences

Jan. 18, 2018

The Missouri Department of Mental Health reports that more than 80 percent of the 97,000 young Missourians who needed treatment for serious mental health problems in 2015 did not receive public mental health support. Many educators, counselors and social workers are working to improve practices to identify children who need help through risk assessments such as mental health screenings. In a recent study, Melissa Maras, a research consultant at the University of Missouri Assessment Resource Center, found a high degree of variance between teacher reports when using these screenings. Maras says creating a more holistic view of a student’s behavior may be the key to identifying more children who need additional support.  Full Story
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MU online curriculum helps children with autism develop better social skills

Research-backed program will be available to millions of families and educators worldwide

Jan. 18, 2018

One in 68 children in the United States has some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, which impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with peers. Because of the social challenges these children face, many efforts are being made to find new ways to help children with autism develop their social skills. iSocial, a classroom curriculum designed by University of Missouri researchers to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder cultivate better social skills, has been licensed by Nascent Stage Development LLC to develop the program into an expansive, online virtual world. Nascent will contract with other online educational companies to make the lessons available to millions of families and educators worldwide.  Full Story
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