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Making A Difference: Abbie’s Story

Fifteen-year-old Abbie of San Antonio, Texas, knows firsthand what depression and suicide looked like. Her older sister attempted suicide last year, which eventually led Abbie to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2012, the Lifeline launched You Matter, a blog written by five young adults like Abbie, who know suicide isn’t the solution and

5 simple tips to help you have a real conversation with a teen

Wenting Li By Shelja Sen A quick guide to get beyond “Fine” and “Whatever,” from child psychologist Shelja Sen. Parents often talk about how tough it is to talk to teenagers, how their kids won’t say anything or listen to them. Let’s take a typical scenario: You want to talk to your teenage son about

Almost two-thirds of children worry ‘all the time’

 Image copyright THINKSTOCK At nine, Tom was so worried about not being able to do his class work that he kept running out of the school gates. More than once he tried to escape out of a first-floor window, convinced his teacher was criticising him. He is not alone - research among 700 children aged

By | 2018-01-11T13:46:20-08:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Strategies for ADHD: How Counselors Help Today’s Students Succeed

More than 6 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as of 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a complicated disorder with a long history. In order to cope with the symptoms, children with ADHD need continuous support from

Strategies For Living And Working Well With ADHD

By Alexis Anderson | More than three-fourths of adults who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as children, still experience symptoms—and no matter the setting, it’s a challenge every day. Starting from childhood, it’s critical for school counselors to use evidence-based interventions to help students with ADHD stay organized and manage their time. And those skills can translate

By | 2018-01-24T16:29:41-08:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Autism Stereotypes To Dismiss

By Christine Motokane What do you picture when you think of someone who has autism? Do you think of someone with a special talent like Raymond Babbitt from “Rain Man?” Is it the socially awkward computer nerd working at a Silicon Valley tech startup? Or is your idea of autism the individual who has no

By | 2018-01-02T17:38:25-08:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

22 Things You Do as an Adult When You Experienced Emotional Abuse as a Teenager

  By Juliette Virzi The teenage years are often characterized by peer pressure, styles you never thought would come back in fashion and of course — angst. But what we may fail to recognize is that many teens are really hurting. For some, the teenage years are a time marked by emotional abuse. The adults who

By | 2018-01-02T13:59:22-08:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Generation at risk: America’s youngest facing mental health crisis

  by KATE SNOW and CYNTHIA MCFADDEN Source: NBC News Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong. It wasn't just a matter of being unhappy. She always felt empty and miserable — never content or connected to other children. For years, she suffered alone, filled with shame. She switched schools, but that didn't help.

By | 2018-01-02T13:52:55-08:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

The State of Latino Early Childhood Development

Many Latino children are at risk of not getting the proper care, services, and environment they need for healthy formative development.  Traumatic early experiences, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and low participation in preschool programs impair Latino children’s social and emotional development, academic achievement, and overall health and wellbeing. But there's reason for hope. Culturally-sensitive