Not all treatments for emotional and behavioral problems are proven to work. As a parent, we believe you have a right to know which treatments are backed by evidence and which are not. Approaches that have research support are referred to as an “evidence-based practice.” Unfortunately, there are very few mechanisms in place to ensure families have access to treatments that are supported by legitimate research, hence the need for a website like Help Your Keiki.
Please keep in mind that the research behind evidence-based practice is constantly evolving. The ‘what works’ information contained in this website summarizes the majority of children’s mental health literature and was repackaged into categories that we hope makes sense for everyone (Keiki Skills, Parent Tools, and Treatments That Work).
Keiki Skills and Parent Tools refer to specific clinical techniques used as part of a larger treatment program. Most times, these larger treatment programs contain many Keiki Skills and Parent Tools. The Keiki Skills and Parent Tools highlighted on this website are those elements that appear most often in the best-supported programs.
Unlike Keiki Skills or Parent Tools, which refer to discrete elements, Treatments that Work refer to broad treatment approaches. These broad treatment approaches frequently contain many different Keiki Skills and Parent Tools.
Thinking about evidence-based practice in these two complementary ways (Keiki Skills / Parent Tools; Treatments that Work) allows parents to look for the right provider from different viewpoints.
Although there are no guarantees, getting access to professionals that use these types of treatment approaches could have a VERY positive impact on your keiki’s recovery process.