On-Line Screening for Autism and Mental Health Issues Provides Parents With Immediate Results

Parents and teachers concerned about a child’s mental health and development can now get immediate answers from an online screening with Project SKIP (Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention) (www.projectskip.com).

A U.S. Government study found that 1 in 7 children have a developmental disability.  Yet sadly, only about 50 percent of children with developmental problems are identified before they enter school.  The parents and teachers of these children deserve to have a reliable screening tool at their disposal.”

Project SKIP was developed by Dr. Bonny Forrest, a psychologist and attorney, who has more than a decade of experience working with children with mental health issues and development disabilities, including autism.

With SKIP, any parent or teacher can log on, any time, and for a $20 fee, get immediate feedback a child’s behavior in relation to other children of the same age.  Dr. Forrest emphasized that the screening does not provide a diagnosis, but begins the process of understanding a child’s mental health and developmental needs to access supports at home and in school.

In addition to the online screening, Dr. Forrest will provide parents and teachers with a 15 minute consult if their child is found to be “at risk” for a mental health issue or development delay.  The consultation will focus on helping the parent identify any necessary follow-up services.

“We need to take mental health and developmental screening to the level of prevention in this country,” said Forrest. “We brush our teeth every day, why aren’t we screening for these issues regularly?”

“Project SKIP has been my passion for more than 10 years,” said Dr. Forrest.  “We have developed the program to effectively and efficiently screen children for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental delays (including autism) through the use of gold standard on-line instruments.”   Project SKIP is for kids from the ages of two through 18.

About Dr. Bonny Forrest

After practicing law for more than a decade, Dr. Forrest received her Ph.D. from Columbia University with fellowships at Yale University and the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Maggie Manion

Margie Manion graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. She taught for several years. Then went on to marry her college sweetheart. They have two beautiful boys who are the the center of their world. Margie taught in the classroom for 4 years until she quit to stay home with her two boys. During this time, as a parent educator with the Parents As Teachers program ashe did a local parenting segment, weekly, with WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City. She is currently a frequest guest on FNC and is back in the classroom teaching 3rd grade in Liberty, MO, as well as promoting her invention and book (Zoom Spoon and "Zoom Spoon and Finicky Philip the Picky Eater" .

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