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To College or Not to College?

How do you even start the college conversation without your child shutting down or storming off? In this Voices of Compassion episode, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Katie Reeves, shares communication strategies for launching meaningful discussions with your teens about college, COVID, mental health, and more. Read more ›

Seven Ways to Build a Child’s Resilience During the Pandemic (and Long After It Ends)

written by Phyllis Fagell, licensed clinical professional counselor

For many children across the United States, the pandemic is the first time they’ve had to deal with a disruption of this scale, and some are faring better than others. As a school counselor, I know that parents of struggling kids feel powerless and worry about long-term emotional fallout. Although caregivers can’t always alter children’s circumstances or shield them from discomfort, they can offer a more enduring gift: tools to manage adversity. Read more ›

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health [downloadable] [video]

To help put a thoughtful plan into place should a mental health condition arise, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and The Jed Foundation have created a guide to help start the conversation. It offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health, including what the privacy laws are and how mental health information can be shared. Read more ›

A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health for College Students

While the college years have always been a time when mental health problems can emerge, the problems have escalated according to data from the American College Health Association (ACHA) survey. What actions can parents take in the face of rising mental health problems? Read more ›

Be Kind to Yourself: The Power of Self-Compassion

As a parent in a pandemic, you feel like you have to be superhuman or you’re not doing enough. The reality is that if you can be kinder to yourself, you will also be happier, more resilient and compassionate with others. In this episode, Pardis Khosravi, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist at CHC, shares three key steps toward self-compassion. Read more ›

Having Second Thoughts About Sending Your Child Off to College in These Difficult Times?

The deposit is in, and your family has made the best decision possible about what school to attend in the fall, given the pandemic.

But as the days have passed, you’ve started to wonder if it was the right decision. Or perhaps your child is returning to college or considering a school for 2021, and the location is giving you pause.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? You’re not alone.  Parents all over the country are wondering the same thing. Read more ›

6 Ways to Teach SEL Skills Remotely

This year, schools may be offering social-emotional skills training to students with disabilities, such as autism, in separate virtual groups. However, if staff are spread thin, or students need additional opportunities to generalize skills, it may be useful to find ways to integrate social-emotional learning into other virtual encounters during the day. This will help to ensure students who have social-emotional goals in their IEPs can work on their skills. Read more ›

‘I’ve Tried Everything’: Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Lindsey has autism. It can be hard for her to communicate and navigate social situations. She thrives on routine, and gets special help at school. Or got help, before the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and forced tens of millions of children home.  Her mother, Sandra, says that’s when their living hell started. Read more ›

11 Educational Resources for Homeschooling and Remote Learning

The new calendar year is (finally) here, but we’re already smack-dab in the middle of a tumultuous school year. As districts across the country continue to cope with an ever-evolving global pandemic, educators continue to face a slew of instructional challenges.

Kids are adaptable, and with the proper instruction, anywhere in the world can be their classroom. You just need to put the right tools in their proverbial tool belts. Read more ›

As the Pandemic Trudges On, What to Say to Our Kids

Experts say questions from kids are going to continue to challenge parents as the pandemic lingers and kids, like adults, experience ‘pandemic fatigue. Read more ›

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