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Making Time for Mindfulness [downloadable]

mindfulnessintheclassroom424A new study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems. Read more »

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New Report Ranks Which States Give Babies the Strongest Start in Life [downloadable]

reportbabies422The state a baby is born in makes a big difference in whether that child gets a good start in life, according to a new report.

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 was released this week by Zero To Three, a nonprofit that supports early-childhood development, and Child Trends, a nonprofit research center. Read more »

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Four Key Executive Functioning Strategies for Your Child

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Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at CHC

March Madness is around the corner: a time of anticipation and excitement for college basketball fans around the globe. Many students, however, especially those with learning and attention differences, are experiencing another form of madness altogether: midterms, projects, deadlines and a pressure to succeed. In a recent study, 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time.” Many parents feel helpless as they wonder how best to help their kids stay afloat.

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Big Gaps in Transgender Research: A Team at UCSF Is Working to Change That

transgender 420Since 2015, researchers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital clinic have been conducting a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that will involve nearly 300 young patients ages 8 to 18 to understand the long-term effects of transgender treatments. These include puberty-blocking hormones, which give patients more time to explore their gender identity, and testosterone and estrogen. Read more »

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LGBT+ Teens in US, Rejected by Families, Struggling in Foster Care

fosteryouthlgbtqq419LGBT+ teens in the United States are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to live in foster care, often after being rejected by their families over their sexuality, according to new research. Read more »

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California Hopes to Fight Preschool Expulsions with Mental Health Services

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on September 30, 2018, that provides a funding mechanism for mental health consultation services for child-care providers and preschools. Read more »

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One in Six U.S. Kids Have Mental Health Disorders, but Only Half Receive Treatment

anxiety417Roughly in six U.S. kids have at least one mental health disorder, and only about half of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests. Read more »

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Children May Struggle More With a Noisy Classroom Than Adults

Students develop the foundation for lifelong reading skills in early elementary school, and a new neuroscience study suggests they may be particularly hindered in that learning by background noise. Read more »

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Managing Transition: Developing a Strengths-Based IEP [presentation]

When a student on an IEP gets to high school age, the focus and format of the IEP should change. IEPs should become student-centered, strength-based and future-focused. How does a parent support their child in the revised process?  Chris Harris, Director of Esther B. Clark Schools describe the best practice for making the transition IEP participatory, informative and effective. Read more »

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Managing Anxiety & Building Self-Efficacy [presentation]

In this Community Education session, licensed Clinical Psychologist Christine Pearston discusses stress and anxiety, common symptoms, and the anxiety/avoidance cycle. Dr. Pearston offers effective strategies parents and caregivers can use to help children cope with anxiety and establish positive behavior patterns. Read more »

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