Online Test for Autism and Mental Health Issues

Author: Dr. Bonny Forrest
Published: 2011/06/09 - Updated: 2022/03/12
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Synopsis: Parents and teachers concerned about a childs mental health and development can get immediate answers from an online screening with Project SKIP. 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. 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.

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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)

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.

"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.

"In May," noted Forrest, "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."

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?"

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.

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This quality-reviewed publication pertaining to our Autism Information section was selected for circulation by the editors of Disabled World due to its likely interest to our disability community readers. Though the content may have been edited for style, clarity, or length, the article "Online Test for Autism and Mental Health Issues" was originally written by Dr. Bonny Forrest, and submitted for publishing on 2011/06/09 (Edit Update: 2022/03/12). Should you require further information or clarification, Dr. Bonny Forrest can be contacted at the Project SKIP website. Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith.

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