Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities. Read more »
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All of us who are parents of children with special needs can recall the moment we first heard a professional confirm that there was something different about our child.
Over the next decade, I would meet and become lifelong friends with couples whose marriages were made stronger, their families more bonded, and their lives more full of joy and meaning by having a child with special needs. I also met some families who struggled with the strain of being “an exceptional family,” sometimes resulting in divorce or separation. Read more »
A lot of students have test anxiety. How do we change test-taking so that we’re creating a comfortable environment for our students to show what they really know? A strategy called Test Talk, which the author of this article co-created, has helped her students relax during exams. Read more »
Many children have fears and worries, and may feel sad and hopeless from time to time. Strong fears may appear at different times during development. Although some fears and worries are typical in children, persistent or extreme forms of fear and sadness could be due to anxiety or depression.
We are rarely taught explicit social rules because we are just expected to figure them out. It’s quite complicated, and many children on the autism spectrum struggle to navigate their social worlds. It might be challenging for a child on the spectrum to make friends, but it’s also likely they are struggling to participate in groups at school and adhere to the social expectations in their different environments because it is overwhelming or confusing.
Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Read more »