As a former educator, owner Arthur Hariston saw the need for schools and families to properly manage children with mental health diagnoses or special needs.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Parents of children with mental illnesses or behavioral challenges could find new help here in the North Florida area. A Florida couple started a Jacksonville-based business aimed at curbing disruptive behavior among children.
It’s an in-demand business because there’s a national and statewide shortage of child and adolescent mental health care providers, according to the Florida Department of Health.
As a former educator, Arthur Hariston saw firsthand the need for schools and families to properly manage children with mental health diagnoses or special needs.
“Some people might think tantrums are like crying on the floor,” said Arthur Hairston, owner of North Florida Behavior Consultants. here.”
Hairston opened this space in February. Through in-home trainings and assessments, he works to develop communication and social interaction plans for children ages 3 to 12 that are tailored to stopping disruptive behaviors such as physical aggression, bullying, and bullying. self-harm, destruction, etc.
“We always say the best intervention is prevention,” said Shanita Hariston, manager at North Florida Behavior Consultants.
According to the Florida Department of Health, more than 400,000 children and young people live in the state with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges, yet only about half are able to access services.
Early detection and treatment can improve a child’s outcomes, research shows. That’s why Hairston thinks applied behavior analysis and school counseling companies like his are so important.
“There’s a huge need,” Hariston said.
“So if we can get ahead and try to work with students and families, more importantly, just to help them understand what resources are available, what therapies are available to them,” Hariston said.
Parents who wish to become involved in Applied Behavior Analysis services can work with their school counselor or insurance to learn more.