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Allergy Therapy for Students

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Schools across the country are seeing an increase in students who have life-threatening allergies. This means that school nurses and other educational professionals must be aware of what allergies kids in their classes have at any given day. Often, schools have a no-food policy in the classroom to combat nut and other food sensitivities. In addition to this, many school cafeterias have a peanut-free and tree nut-free table area.

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Helping Students Who Are Traumatized

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Schools are no longer places where students go to simply learn academic areas of study. Schools must also assist children with their social and emotional well-being. In the past, schools have had some social workers and psychologists who worked with them from time to time. Now there is a large demand for school therapists of all kinds. Often, there are not enough professionals to keep up with the demand. Why? One of the big reasons is the increase in children who come to school who have experienced severe trauma.

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“How to Stop Bullying”: US Bullying Search Trends

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More than one in five (20.8%) students report being bullied in the US every year. Reports also estimate that only 36% of kids who are bullied actually report it, so the figures are probably much higher.

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Childhood Anxiety on the Rise

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Schools are very different today than they were a decade or more ago. Children of all ages have a wide variety of different stresses within the academic setting, no less in their home life. Starting at an early age, kids hear about the need for good grades, doing well on testing, and striving to get into a good college. All of this pressure begins in elementary school where more and more time is being spent sitting and learning. There is less time to be a kid and play. Even playing sports has changed over time. Fewer kids play baseball or another sport with kids in their neighborhood. Many kids are in now on competitive teams that travel near and far for games. This adds to stresses of getting work done and keeping up with school. Staying up late to finish hours of homework after a game means less sleep and it begins a vicious cycle for growing children.

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Helping Students with Sensory Issues in School

Imagine sitting in a classroom where you are constantly bombarded with stimuli that others may not even notice. This is the reality for children who have sensory processing challenges. Things which may distract them include the buzzing of overhead lighting, other children talking, pencils scratching on another child’s paper, and a variety of other typical classroom sounds. Some students may seek additional sensory to help them cope with stimuli. Others want to avoid it because it bothers them too much and they do not know how to regulate it. A child’s brain learns how to process different sensory stimuli to keep their system in check. Some children are unable to tune out the background and unneeded information. These kids make up anywhere up to 20% of the population. For those on the autism spectrum, 90% struggle with it in one way or another.

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