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The Phil Hardin Foundation Grant

The Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian, MS, along with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Jackson, MS, is collaborating on an educational grant through the year 2008.  The statewide initiative focuses on improving the lives of young Mississippi children and their families affected by ADHD, ASD and Speech/Language disorders. Weems Community Mental Health Center for Children and Youth, Meridian, MS, is also sharing in this partnership. The purpose of the grant is to increase the knowledge base of medical professionals, counselors, therapists, teachers and parents/caregivers in early identification and treatment of these disorders. The goal is to increase services that community-based providers can offer and to encourage teamwork between all of those who work with these children.

Research on early brain development emphasizes the importance of early detection and treatment of these developmental disorders. Currently, many children are not diagnosed until they start kindergarten. The delay in discovery may be due to a lack of knowledge of the disorders, a lack of understanding of how to access services, or a lack of services in the community. Improving the early diagnosis and intervention for children these disorders will have a long-range impact on school performance overall. The development of local experts will enhance the ability to discover the needs of these children earlier in order to effectively manage them and their parents/caregivers within the school systems and their communities.

Susan Buttross, M.D., F.A.AP., of the Child Development Clinic (CDC) at UMMC is the coordinating physician for the grant. She is Professor and Chief of the Division of Child Development and Instructor in Child Psychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics. The CDC has been in operation for over 30 years and is a well recognized and highly regarded clinic for children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental and behavioral disorders. The grant provides public resource libraries at the Mississippi Child Development Institute (MCDI), Jackson Medical Mall, Jackson, MS, and Weems Community Mental Health Center for Children and Youth, Meridian, MS.



Early Identification and Treatment of
ADHD * Autism Spectrum Disorders * Speech/Language Disorders

Working together as a team to improve the lives of children in Mississippi

Sponsored in full by The Phil Hardin Foundation