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(Canada) Halifax: Teachers must meet the needs of students with mental health disorders

Sept 20, 2017 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dal News: Helping Teachers Address Mental Health in Their Classrooms https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/09/20/innovative-ehealth-pd-program-helps-teachers-address-mental-heal.html There are growing demands on teachers to meet the needs of students with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders in their classrooms. However, most teachers report that they do not have adequate training for this. Teacher Helps developed at Dalhousie, is a potential solution. It’s an eHealth professional development program that assists classroom teachers in providing evidence-based interventions to students in grades 1 to 12 with mental health disorders in the typical classroom setting. … “We worked with one school board here in Nova Scotia to figure out how to best help teachers help children with autism,” says Dr. Corkum (left). “What we found was that teachers wanted information at the time it was needed, and they wanted the experts to vet the information so they know it is evidence-based. That’s the idea behind eHealth: rather than waiting until a professional development day, they can access evidence-based information when its needed.” Focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this program has the potential to directly benefit Canadian children and youth....