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Helping to Empower Teens

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The tragic events at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have left much of the country stunned. While adults have been shocked and unsure of what to do, students there have stepped up. They have shown resilience in an event which they will never forget. Rather than simply mourning the loss of 17 members of the school community, they have been raising their voices.

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The Need for Careful Language Choice

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Over the years we have worried about being politically correct when talking about people who are different. These may be students who have differences in academic ability, mental health, sexual identity, addiction, disabilities, and more. The reality is that adults who work in schools need to select words carefully. The language which we use impacts students more than we realize.

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Helping Students to Manage Stress

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Stress can be overwhelming for adults - imagine how it feels for a teen student trying to find their way in the world. Teens today face a wide variety of items in their lives which adds stress to the mix. This includes things directly related to school like standardized testing, coursework, sports and club responsibilities, and decisions to make before graduating high school. In addition to this, many teens must work, don’t know where their next meal will be, have experienced trauma in their life, and much more.

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Helping Autistic Students with Cognitive Flexibility

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Working with children can be a challenge. There may be times within the school day when students need to transition, whether physically or from one task to another. When it is time to transition to a writing lesson after recess, many kids may be upset with the disruption. Of course, most children will be able to make the move back into the classroom and get to their writing. Practicing this from week to week makes it easier for the majority of kids.

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Dangerous Social Media Fads and Teens

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Peer pressure has always been there for individuals when they head into middle school and beyond. Preteens and teens are now experiencing something very different than generations before them. The world of social media is a reality which can add more extreme peer pressure into the mix. Thanks to this, everyone who works with teens needs to be cognizant of what is happening in their social media landscape. Together we need to monitor trends, challenges, and more.

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