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Mental Health Matters in Early Childhood

Originally presented on February 22, 2022


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This overview of the foundations of mental health in children 0-5 will cover the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. The training will highlight a trauma-informed approach to assessment and treatment. Attendees will gain understanding of the evolution of diagnostic systems, common diagnoses, and overlapping presentations in childhood disorders including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, attachment disorders, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. We will also talk about resiliency and protective factors in childhood.



Learners will:

  • Increase awareness of symptoms of early mental health in infants and young children
  • Increase understanding of some of the most common behavioral and mental health diagnoses in early childhood
  • Gain an appreciation for a trauma-informed approach to work with young children and families


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



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Meghan Lukasik is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the assessment of infants and young children with developmental, behavioral, and early mental health concerns. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorders, early childhood mental health, trauma, attention, behavior and learning disabilities. She is the former clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program; a program for children 0-5 with complex needs. In addition to her current clinical work, Meghan manages the Developmental Evaluation Clinic and is the Training Director for the clinic’s postdoctoral fellowship program.



Manger & Licensed Psychologist

Developmental Evaluation Clinic, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego