Mental health consultants helping California teachers in the classroom
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Mental health consultants helping California teachers in the classroom


((MUSIC))SYDNEY:FOR MONTHS, KXAN HAS TRAVELED ACROSS TEXAS AND THE COUNTRY TO HIGHLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS SURROUNDING SCHOOL SAFETY.A NEW PROGRAM ON THE WEST COAST CAUGHT THE ATTENTION INVESTIGATOR ERIN CARGILE. ERIN, SOMETHING INNOVATIVE IS HAPPENING IS áPRESCHOOLS THERE? YES, IN CALIFORNIA, THEY’VE BEEN ADDING MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS TO CAMPUSES.I WANTED TO SEE IT IN ACTION – SO I TRAVELED TO THE TOWN OF CONCORD, JUST OUTSIDE OF SAN FRANCISCO, WHERE SOME BIG CHANGES HAVE HAPPENED THANKS TO LAWMAKERS STEPPING IN.ERIN: THEY WERE APPALLED AT THE NUMBER OF PRESCHOOL STUDENTS BEING EXPELLED IN THE STATE, SO THEY PASSED LEGISLATION TO END THAT PRACTICE… WHICH, IN TURN, LED TO THIS áNEW WAY OF HELPING TEACHERS DEALING WITH CHALLENGING STUDENTS.IT’S OUTDOOR PLAYTIME AT A STATE PRESCHOOL EAST OF SAN FRANCISCO.ONE MINUTE…EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTHLY.THE NEXT MINUTE… LUIS: SO CAN YOU BE NICE AND SHOW OUR OTHER FRIENDS HOW TO BUILD? KID: THAT WAS, THAT WAS MY PIECE THINGS TAKE A TURN… AHHHH (SCREAMING) LUIS: OH NO áááááá, TEACHING ASSISTANT LUIS GONZALEZ IS FACED WITH ANOTHER CHALLENGING SITUATION…MRS. ROHIA, I’M TAKING HIM INSIDE CHILD: HE’S BAD BOY! IT ALL PLAYS OUT WHILE TENA SLOAN, CONSULTANT IS NEARBY – WATCHING ANOTHER INTERACTION BETWEEN AN ASSOCIATE TEACHER AND STUDENTS. SHE’S HERE AT KIDANGO’S BALDWIN PARK CAMPUS ONCE A WEEK CLOSELY OBSERVING, AND SOMETIMES ADDING INPUT IN THE MOMENT.BUT THE REAL WORK HAPPENS LATER IN THE DAY…WHEN SHE SITS DOWN WITH STAFF LIKE LUIS ONE-ON-ONE TO UNPACK WHAT HAPPENED.LUIS: I DIDN’T WANT TO REALLY CONFRONT THE CHILD WHO DID THE BITING SO MAYBE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT TENA: CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE HESITANCY THAT YOU HAD TO APPROACH THE CHILD THAT BIT LUIS, A FORMER LANDSCAPER, HAS ONLY BEEN HERE EIGHT MONTHS, BUT EVEN ROHIA SULTANI TEACHING MORE THAN 15 YEARS IS THANKFUL FOR THE EXTRA SUPPORT. ROHIA SULTANI/TEACHER WE’RE WILLING TO LEARN, WE ARE HAPPY FOR THIS PROGRAM TO COME AND SHOW US HOW PROGRAM TO COME HAPPY FOR THIS PROGRAM TO COME AND SHOW US HOW TO MEET THE CHILD’S NEEDS RECENTLY, WHILE TENA WAS HERE – A CHILD REFUSED TO GO INSIDE AFTER PLAYING OUTSIDE. ROHIA: AND HE SCREAMING NOT TELLING ME ANYTHING SCREAMING. AND THEN MISS TENA CAME CLOSE TO ME QUIETLY CAME AND SAID CAN YOU ASK HIM, JUST ASK HIM NICELY: WHAT ARE YOU FEELING? THE SUGGESTION CALMED HIM DOWN.ROHIA: HE DID SO GOOD AND HE WAS HAPPY I WAS HAPPY THE CHILD WAS HAPPY ERIN: AND IT FELT GOOD ROHA: AND IT FELT GOOD TENA IS A LICENSED THERAPIST AND NOW OVERSEES KIDANGO’S MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS. THE PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHED ABOUT A YEAR AGO. OPTIONS:TENA: I BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER TO DEVELOP SOCIAL SOCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY WELL CHILDREN YOU HAVE TO HAVE STRONG CONFIDENT ADULTS THAT FEEL PREPARED AND EQUIPPED TO MEET THE DIFFERENT NEEDS SHE HIGHLIGHTS THEIR STRENGTHS, AND BRAINSTORMS WAYS THEY CAN BETTER SUPPORT STUDENTS – WHICH INCLUDES BRINGING PARENTS INTO THE CONVERSATION. MINOO: I WASN’T SURE WHAT TO EXPECT CENTER DIRECTOR MINOO VASSEGHI SAYS PRIOR TO A CONSULTANT WORKING WITH áTEACHERS, THEY HAD THERAPISTS WHO WOULD WORK DIRECTLY WITH áCHILDREN.TENA SAYS THAT’S THE BIG DIFFERENCE. TENA: THERE IS NOTHING THAT I CAN DO ONCE A WEEK FOR 30 MINUTES WITH A CHILD THAT’S GOING TO HAVE THE SAME IMPACT THAT THEY CAN HAVE BECAUSE BECAUSE THEY ARE WITH BECAUSE BECAUSE THEY CAN HAVE BECAUSE BECAUSE THEY ARE WITH THOSE CHILDREN EVERY DAY. MINOO: ERIN: DO YOU SEE IT MAKING A DIFFERENCE? IT’S VERY NEW IT’S ABOUT A YEAR BUT I HAVE SEEN SOME CHANGES IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TEACHERS, STRONGER RELATIONSHIP THERE’S COLLABORATION BRINGING THE TEAM TOGETHER MINOO: I HAVE SEEN SOME CHANGES IN CHILDREN, SOME OF THE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR MAY NOT GO RIGHT AWAY MAY NOT DISAPPEAR BUT IT DEPENDS ON CHILDREN’S SITUATIONS KIDANGO SUPPORTED THE MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT BILL THAT PASSED LAST YEAR. IT WAS WRITTEN BY A STATE LAWMAKER WHO WAS ONCE A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER HERSELF. RUBIO: A LOT OF THESE ISSUES THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM CALIFORNIA STATE LAWMAKER BLANCA RUBIO SAYS ENDING EXPULSION, AND ADDING CONSULTANTS TO A CLASSROOM – RATHER THAN PULLING THE TROUBLED CHILDREN OUT – GOT SOME PARENTS FIRED UP. BLANCA: I’M THINKING IT’S ALL GOOD BUT YOU SHOULD’VE SEEN HOW MANY POSTS OF PEOPLE JUST REALLY NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT WE DID THAT SAID OH WELL LEAVE THOSE KIDS IN THERE TO RUIN MY KIDS EDUCATION. I MEAN IT WAS REALLY NASTY COMMENTS ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA BECAUSE OF THIS AND I THOUGHT IT’S A NO BRAINER YOU’RE HELPING CHILDREN. HER GOAL IS TO EVENTUALLY EXPAND IT TO K THROUGH 12 CLASSROOMS.SHE’S STILL WAITING FOR THE DATA ON HOW MANY CHILDREN AND TEACHERS HAVE BEEN HELPED THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND HOW MANY ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF SUCCESS. IT’S DATA WE’RE WAITING ON, TOO. KIDANGO’S END GOAL IS TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS HELPING THE TEACHING STAFF AT ALL 50 OF ITS PRESCHOOLS.TENA: IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE BEST PAID WORK NOT ALWAYS THE BEST APPRECIATED WORK AND IT’S CERTAINLY HARD WORK BUT IT’S VALUABLE. THEY ARE LAYING, HELPING TO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR KIDS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES SYDNEY:WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THIS PROGRAM?ERIN:KIDANGO – WHICH CURRENTLY HAS THE PROGRAM ON 15 OF ITS CAMPUSES – SAYS IT’S SOMETIMES TOUGH TO FIND TIME TO PULL TEACHERS OUT FOR ONE-ON-ONES AND GROUP MEETINGS. SO, THEY HAVE OTHER STAFF MEMBERS FILL-IN THE GAP THE CLASSROOM DURING THAT TIME. SYDNEY:WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY? ERIN:YES, IT’S AN INVESTMENT BY THE STATE EACH YEAR.SO ANY CENTER THAT HAS A MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT – GETS 5-PERCENT MORE PER CHILD IN STATE FUNDING.SYDNEY:DO OTHER STATES DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS? ERIN:AT LEAST 20 THAT WE’VE FOUND – TO SOME DEGREE.ABOUT HALF OF THOSE ARE STATEWIDE PROGRAMS.TEXAS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. BUT EVERY FEDERALLY-FUNDED HEAD START CENTER ACROSS REQUIRED TO USE A MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT, THOUGH THE RANGE OF SERVICES OFFERED VARIES.SYDNEY:ERIN, THANK YOU.((MUSIC))ONLINE NOW, EXPLORE OUR DIGITAL PROJECT – SAVE OUR STUDENTS: SOLUTIONS FOR WELLNESS & SAFETY.SEE WHY WE’RE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC.STORIES FROM ACROSS THE NATION. IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SCHOOL WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE.INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND YOUR CHILDREN.PLUS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH… AND RESOURCES TO GET HELP FOR YOUR FAMILY.IT’S ALL ONLINE NOW AT

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