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A study published recently in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry has found that one in ten New South Wales five-year-olds show early warning signs of mental illness.
From the 67,353 children surveyed, 78% were identified as having ‘no risk’, however just over 10% were identified as being at ‘high risk’ of developing a mental illness later in life.
Lead author Associate Professor Melissa Green, from UNSW’s School of Psychiatry, reported that high-risk children could most likely be “easily identified” in the classroom.
“Those are the [children whom] teachers say are the troublemakers and the parents say they can’t control them,” she said.
Green also pointed out that not every child identified as ‘high risk’ would necessarily develop a mental disorder.
The researchers said the findings highlighted the need for targeted early intervention strategies to better support children, their families and teachers much earlier, before actual symptoms emerge.
The first five years is the key to prevention
There is now an enormous amount of research material that confirms that the experiences a child has in the first five years of life will determine how well she/he thinks and learns, how easily emotions can be controlled, and how well a child will do in life. School teachers constantly remark on the capabilities of GymbaROO students, sports coaches admire their team spirit and the best outcome of all, children feel positive about themselves because they are successful at school, in sports or what ever activities they are involved in. They love life, they love school and they love to try new and exciting challenges! What more could you want for your child? The GymbaROO program is a ‘one stop shop’ that ensures children will develop to their very best physically, academically, emotionally and socially.
We are very proud of our GymbaROO program and work hard to ensure it is the best program it can possibly be for you and your child. Of course, developing a child’s neurological capacity and maturity is not an over night journey. It takes time and that’s why our program is from birth to five years. Each stage of development requires specific foundational skills to be firmly in place before your little ones can achieve the next higher skill. It’s only in this way that those foundations for learning and life are solidly established. We also know how important repetition is to learning, and that’s why we ask that you have fun with GymbaROO’s great songs and games every day at home. It’s what you do every day that really builds the brain function that creates the foundation for all learning and gives your child the very best start in life.
Dr Jane Williams (PhD, BMgt, RN(Paeds)) is the Research and Education General Manager for GymbaROO and KindyROO. Dr Williams is one of Australia’s leading experts on baby and child development. More on Dr Williams here.
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