Play-Based Interventions Can Help Kids

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Friday, May 10, 2013

I have been a school social worker in the small Westmoreland Central School District in central New York for 26 years. And I have experienced what is now documented in research, that schools are seeing more children with mental health difficulties, such as fear and anxiety. These problems occur for various reasons, including family and tempermental issues, and often emerge at an early age.

Mental health services for children are frequently provided by schools, especially when families are unable or unwilling to engage with often limited resources in their own communities. Therefore, if educators do not address the social-emotional health of their students, the difficulties will likely continue or increase, and school success and even completion may be jeopardized.