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The ABC’s Of Child Development — Developmental Milestones For Your Child’s First Five Years

ABCs blocks early child developmentChildren grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. The information presented here offers a map that can help you follow your child’s journey from birth to age 5. Read more »

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Social-Emotional Apps for Special Education

Group Of Children Having Fun In Playground TogetherSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies. We have all heard that technology can be a great playing-field leveler in a classroom with diverse learners. It can also assist in providing social and emotional skills. Let’s face it — the digital lifestyle is here to stay, so using digital technology to enhance SEL makes perfect sense. Read more »

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A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

Edutopia, funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is a website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education.

A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning is a curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering skills like kindness, empathy, gratitude, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children. Read more »

Online Resource: StopBullying.gov [web resource]

Aggressive behavior may be bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to.

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. If your child or someone you know is being bullied, the Get Help Now section outlines the steps you can take to resolve the situation. Read more »

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Practical Discipline Strategies for the Difficult Child

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A child can be difficult in a number of ways and at times can be creative with her behavior. When it is time for discipline, it’s important for a parent to remember that there is always a reason for the behavior, and discipline strategies are much more effective when you can determine the reason. Having a positive relationship with your child is the key to making discipline work.

This article discusses four effective discipline techniques: ignoring, consequences, time-out, and rewards and charts. Read more »

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Redirecting Anger

anger managementAnger is a potent emotion. Left unchecked, it can lead to mistakes in actions and conduct. Because anger is a natural response, it’s imperative that people learn to manage it effectively, according to GreatSchools, a parent education website. One technique for anger management involves redirecting the anger to a safe object to express it without hurting others. Read more »

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Suicide Prevention Toolkit [downloadable]

The Palo Alto Unified School District has produced the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools through a collaborative effort among school and district staff and mental health professionals. The PAUSD toolkit also draws upon evidence-based national and state youth suicide prevention toolkits. Read more »

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New Guidelines for Media Use from the American Academy of Pediatrics [downloadable]

kids ipadToday, more than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers, according to Common Sense Media. Furthermore, almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, and 24% admit using their phones almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center.

The American Academy of Pediatrics convened Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium, from which a number of key messages for parents emerged. Read more »

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Dyslexic Advantage: A Community for Dyslexia

dyslexicadvantageDyslexic Advantage is a non-profit organization with one of the world’s largest communities for dyslexia. Founded in 2012 by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, Dyslexic Advantage’s vision is a world where dyslexic people are known for their strengths. Read more »
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Emergency Mental Health Services [web resources]

If you have an immediate need for mental health services, this list of resources can provide you with starting point. Read more »

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