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Nora and Jenny

Nora and her mother, Jenny

Nora and Jenny

When Nora was 18 months old, Jenny adopted her. Nora quickly became very attached to Jenny — unable to sleep unless Jenny held her hand. Sometimes Nora would even make herself sick if Jenny tried to leave the room.

As Nora began school, her intense separation anxiety continued, requiring Jenny to stay in the classroom with her throughout pre-K and kindergarten. Nora also struggled with social activities — she either quit participating or was asked to leave due to behavioral issues. At age eight, things escalated as Nora started refusing to go to school.

Getting Answers

Getting Answers

Around the same time, Jenny found the Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network (HBN), a landmark study that provides participants with a full diagnostic evaluation at no cost.

After Nora completed the study evaluation, Jenny received a thorough report detailing several disorders Nora had never been diagnosed with before, including oppositional defiance disorder (ODD). The report provided detailed information about the diagnoses and instructions about how to work with Nora and find appropriate support for her. They finally had answers.

Jenny immediately contacted the Department of Education (DOE) and they worked together to set Nora up with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). According to Jenny, “The information was completely accepted as gold-standard by the DOE. The DOE took to heart every single instruction in the HBN report and made use of it in helping her learn.”

The Healthy Brain Network report helps you to understand your child and it helps the school teach them better… It would have taken me a couple of years and a dozen professionals to know the same things I got in one report.

– Jenny, Nora’s Mother

Improving Day-by-Day

Nora, today

Improving Day-by-Day

Jenny reports that the HBN results not only helped her and others better understand how to support Nora, they also helped Nora understand more about her own mental health. Jenny soon noticed improvements in Nora socially, academically, and at home.

Today, Nora is thriving in the eighth grade, attending school daily, and improving her grades. At home, she cooks for the family and helps look after her younger brother. Jenny continues to consult the HBN results whenever she considers how best to support Nora.

It’s made such a big difference to have the information with instructions for how to apply it using specific methods. I’m not sure where we would be today if we hadn’t done the study. It was very, very important to our family.

– Jenny, Nora’s Mother

Science Today for Better Care Tomorrow

The Healthy Brain Network study is just one of the many ongoing scientific initiatives at the Child Mind Institute.

The Science and Engineering team at the Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children with mental health and learning disorders through the power of scientific discovery.

Our team’s effort to revolutionize brain science is focused on five main areas: Fundamental Neuroscience, Advancing Methods, Global Open Science, Applied Technologies, and Training Future Leaders. It’s an ambitious program in support of an audacious goal, and our children deserve nothing less.

Help More Families Get Answers

As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of individuals who share in this goal. Donate today to allow more children and families to get the help they need.

*The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

About Your Donation

About the Child Mind Institute

Millions of children – as many as 1 in 5 – struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Fully 70% of U.S. counties do not have a single child and adolescent psychiatrist. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Our children deserve better.

That’s why the Child Mind Institute was created.

We’re dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

Together, we truly can transform children’s lives.

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Donation Information

Child Mind Institute is a tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 80-0478843) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Every donation made to the Child Mind Institute is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

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The Child Mind Institute comprises a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Child Mind Institute, Inc., and two clinical programs, Child Mind Medical Practice, PLLC and Child Mind Medical Practice, PC. Donations to the Child Mind Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Upon request, a copy of our latest annual report can be obtained by contacting the Child Mind Institute at Attention: Development Office, 215 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022 or by contacting the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General at 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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