When we all went home and started living lives behind masks and screens, child advocates raised concerns that we'd miss important mental, developmental and behavioral health signals from kids.
Early identification and intervention so often are key to supporting kids and making therapeutic progress. Missing those needs can have a negative impact on the well-being of children, including putting them at a greater risk of developing substance abuse issues later in life.
As we begin to emerge from behind those masks and screens, we ask: how much did we miss and what do we do about it now, for the children in our communities?
We speak with two specialists about our concerns: Dr. Eileen Costello is the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and clinical professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. And Dr. Andrea Spencer is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center and assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
This segment aired on May 19, 2021.