Young people whose gender expression does not fit traditional roles based on their sex assigned at birth—often referred to as gender nonconforming, gender expansive, or nonbinary youth—are at increased risk for a variety of health risk behaviors. Research on gender nonconformity among sexual minority youth has shown that such youth face an increased risk of victimization (bullying, abuse, sexual harassment) and worse behavioral health outcomes (depression, suicide, drug use) compared to their peers. Read more »
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What problem behavior is your child exhibiting? What positive behavior do you want him/her to do instead?
Rachel O’Harra and Marcela Molina discuss problem behavior—the cause, the purpose, contributing factors, and strategies to reduce it. Read more »
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. In 2009, the AAP launched HealthyChildren.org to provide parents with health information from a trustworthy source.
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John Nicholls, is the Assistant Director of Leadership Development at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong, and he is the father of four teenagers. In this article about teen stress, Nicholls shares what he has learned from his teens about the sometimes subtle pressures — biological, social and psychological — that make being a 21st-century teenager so complicated. Read more »
How I Learned Not to Be “That Mom” — a Mother’s Experience Advocating for Her Child With a Learning Disability
Amy Valentine is the director of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, and she previously served as executive director of three virtual schools in Colorado. In early 2016, Valentine’s son was diagnosed with dysgraphia, a learning disability similar to dyslexia.
This is a difficult situation for a school, especially pre-diagnosis. As Valentine explains, “Post-diagnosis, though, there is support available for students who struggle to overcome a learning disability, from individual education plans to resource teachers and and technology assists. For my son, however, these tools did not materialize.” Read more »
CHC’s Teen Mental Health Committee is a place for teens to voice ideas, develop solutions, and take collective action to address teen mental health and suicide in the community.
Speak Mindfully is a campaign that was created by the Teen Mental Health Committee to raise awareness on how to be mindful when using language related to mental health. Read more »
“It’s really hard to stop worrying.”
“My worries are real to me.”
“I really can’t fall asleep alone.”
In her work with children, Katie Hurley, LCSW, asks, “What is the one thing you wish your parents understood about your anxiety?”
The children’s answers vary, but there are some common themes… Read more »
ADHD appears in different ways and can definitely result in struggles at school for affected kids. If you have kids in your classroom who are easily distracted, have a hard time paying attention, trouble controlling behavior or are nonstop talkers, CHC’s Marcela Molina, LMFT and Danna Torres, MTF-I offer suggestions and practical classroom strategies. Read more »