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Posted Aug. 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
self-reflect

The first time I heard the term “self-reflection,” I was working on my second graduate degree, a master’s in education and was required to keep a self-reflective journal. My professors believed that “reflective practices made better teachers.” At the time, I had no idea what a self-reflective journal or reflective practices were. I later realized that self-reflection was something that I did naturally, but making a conscious effort to do it deepened my practice. Self-reflection can easily become a daily part of your life at any age. It involves giving careful thought to your beliefs and goals, and then evaluating ...

Posted May 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Out of the Darkness – Walk to Prevent Suicide

Madison Holleran had always been a happy kid. In high school, she was a varsity athlete (track and soccer) and an A student. Madison was looking forward to attending a top tier college and running for their track team. Her father Jim Holleran recalls, “After her first week at school she tweeted about college, ‘This is the greatest place on earth.’” But the transition from high school to college was difficult for Madison. She missed home and her family. The academic and athletic demands were intense. Madison was used to being a high achiever in the classroom and on the ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 9 a.m. by Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D. | View Comments
college readiness for special education

It was not so long ago that individuals with executive functioning (EF) disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism, had a tough time finding a university setting that was a good match. Obstacles such as the traditional high school grading system, college-level entrance exams (e.g., SAT, ACT), college application essays and interviews, and even the process of managing the intricate and complex process of applying for college were enough to stymie many with EF deficits who did not have adequate support. These days we know much more about EF deficits, and specifically about how to properly support individuals ...

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 10 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
depression on college application

Between the ages of 13 and 18, approximately 20% of American adolescents will deal with some form of mental illness. Under this umbrella falls anything from minor depression or anxiety all the way to potentially more serious conditions like pediatric schizophrenia or post traumatic stress disorder. For many, dealing with a mental health condition will negatively impact their high school career in some way, potentially impacting areas such as academic performance, school attendance, teacher relationships, and extracurricular involvement. Given the prevalence of mental illness among teenagers, a significant number of high school seniors are faced with a difficult choice each ...

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
how to help your add teen towards independence

Parenting a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is often a roller-coaster of emotions, and the thought of them beginning to take those first strides towards independence is usually enough to evoke sheer panic. Becoming self-sufficient and accountable for your own actions is hard for any teenager, but throwing ADD into the mix makes it all the more challenging. However, if you start to implement routines and offer help from early adolescence (if not sooner), your child will find the road to independence far less bumpy. How to Guide Your Teen with ADD towards Independence Allow Them Room to Grow ...

Posted April 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Heroin Epidemic Invades the Suburbs

In the last five years, heroin use has exploded throughout the United States. This is no secret—high profile celebrities such as Corey Monteith and Phillip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin overdoses, and heroin use is now referred to as an epidemic in multiple states. Once known as a cheap, impure, dirty drug, heroin has made its way into suburban, middle-class neighborhoods. For the first time ever, teenagers and young adults make up a majority of heroin users and deaths—some start using as early as 12 or 13. Teenagers and Heroin In the past, the average age for most heroin deaths ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11:13 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Teaching Your ADHD Teen Appropriate Computer Behavior

Is your child one of the 10.4 Million children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD? According to a recent study, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen dramatically by 66% since 2000. What is ADHD? ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders today. Usually, it is first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may exhibit problems paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors by acting without thinking about what the consequence will be, or be overly active. These kids may also have a trouble regulating attention by over focusing. They may have a ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 3:44 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Helping Your Teen Through the First Semester of College

I have spent the past few weeks meeting with college freshmen and their families. This is such a bittersweet time, as first semester freshmen get to come home and relax for a few short weeks. Many of the students are soaring and loving college. Others are having a challenging time. Helping Your Teen Through the First Semester of College These are 10 resolutions to help those who came home sad from their first semester. 1. Go through the winter term and/or spring schedules. Make sure they have a balanced course-load so they are not taking too many hard classes at ...

Posted March 8, 2014, 11 a.m. by Debra Bradley Ruder | View Comments
Teen Depression

George was in middle school when something inside him changed. He was bored in school and had few friends. Sleeping was a challenge. He wished he’d never been born because then he wouldn’t feel so awful. Finally, he spoke up to his parents, and together they realized he might be suffering from depression. They got professional help, and after several months of medication and talk therapy, George began to feel like himself again. “Kids with depression think nobody else goes through it,” says George, now in college. “You feel like nobody knows you. Having [professionals] who understood what I was ...

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