Illinois has enacted new legislation this year that allows young people to take up to five excused absences for mental or behavioral health each year, the Chicago Tribune reports.
What are some behaviors that parents should watch for when deciding if their child needs a mental health day? CIS of Chicago’s COO and Clinical Director, Dr. Judith Allen, shared her expertise with the Tribune.
Adults should be on the look out for behavior that deviates from a child’s version of normal, Dr. Allen said, like when a normally bubbly child starts acting reserved. They should also be attuned to behavior that is manifesting within that child’s social group.