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Concerned About Your Child’s Learning?

After nearly a year of remote learning, parents have a window into their child’s learning style like never before. As a parent, you may have observed some behaviors that make you wonder: does my child have a learning or attention difference or is it just Zoom-fatigue?

We sat down with Chris Harris, MEd, an expert in learning, social-emotional, behavioral and attention challenges, to find out. Read more ›

Stop. Think. Connect. Cybersecurity Campaign [web resource] [downloadable]

The STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ Campaign is a national public awareness campaign with the goal of helping Americans to be safer and more secure online. Read more ›

The Power of Radical Acceptance

Let’s face it. Life can be painful. While we can’t avoid pain, our resistance to accept reality only exacerbates our suffering. In this podcast episode, we sat down with Patrice Cristosomo, PhD and Leeanne Merritt, LCSW, to discuss the power of Radical Acceptance – a practice that involves letting go of the illusion of control and developing a willingness to accept things as they are right now. Read more ›

The CDC Answers Questions About Children and COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers frequently asked questions about keeping your child healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak, steps to take if your child has an underlying medical condition, what to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms or needs to go to the hospital, how to cope with disruption and stress, and much more.  Read more ›

National Association for Gifted Children: Twice Exceptional Students

What’s not often well-known or well-understood is that students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability— just as students with disabilities may also be gifted. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted children who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. Read more ›

Books Matter: Children’s Books on Bias, Diversity and Social Justice [web resource]

When books contain experiences and characters to which children can relate, they foster a positive self-concept and respect for diversity. This collection of children’s books curated by Anti-Defamation League address issues of identity, bias and bullying. Featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and parents. Read more ›

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 ›

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