Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It’s all Anxiety

  It’s not uncommon for me to be in a meeting with a new family and hear the phrase: “our daughter doesn’t have an Anxiety Disorder, she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”  What a lot of people don’t understand is that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered an Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as Obsessions (persistent, […]

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Affecting Change By Understanding Motivation

  Working with adolescents and their families has brought to the forefront that affecting change relies heavily on understanding motivation.  This is not to say that this is the primary factor to consider when working to discover how to help create change, but it definitely is a significant factor in the overall treatment model that […]

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Self-harm: Why does my daughter do it and what can I do to help?

Self-harm: Why does my daughter do it and what can I do to help?   Me: Why do you think that you self-harm?   Student: “I like it.” “It helps me feel better.” “It makes me numb.” “It helps me to feel something.” “I use it to punish myself.” “I use it to punish others.” […]

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Brain Research and the Classroom

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In the past decade, scanning and imaging technology has allowed researchers to directly observe brain activity, leading to enormous advances in our understanding of cognition. In addition to yielding insights into how the brain works, these advances also allow health practitioners to assess an individual’s cognitive activity, processing patterns, and deficits. This information, in turn, allows educators to more precisely identify issues that might impact learning and inform classroom strategies. We can now directly observe and distinguish cognitive patterns associated with, for instance, ADHD, processing issues, trauma, and even transitory emotional states.

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Self Advocacy for Teens

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In a treatment setting, school is often the laboratory for practicing skills learned in therapy. One such skill—self advocacy—has has far-reaching implications for both emotional well being and academic success.

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Academics and Treatment

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So by addressing therapeutic issues in an experiential classroom setting we can accelerate the treatment process. By addressing emotional issues that have interfered with academic progress through clinical treatment, we make these girls much better students. It is by collaborating rigorously across departments that we can help the student become more emotionally stable and better learners.

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College: A Productive Year Off

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Emergent adults are taking less of a straight line to adulthood than past generations did. They are more likely to take a year off or change schools once or more. Many are withdrawing from school for emotional reasons or due to adjustment difficulties.

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College Preparation and Choice

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Currently, statistics for college failure hover at close to 50% nationally; this alarming statistic is likely due, in large part, to adjustment difficulties as students attempt to simultaneously adapt to new academic, social, and independent living challenges. These adjustment difficulties are further compounded when a college entrant has a history of emotional struggles such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, or substance abuse.

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Teaching the Female Student in Math Class by Stacy Johnson, Math teacher at New Haven School

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Girls and their math abilities: There is a stereo type that girls are inferior at math. However, current research has debunked this myth. In fact girls perform at the same level as boys when they are “given the right educational tools and have visible female role models excelling in mathematics.”1 One factor that helps feed […]

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Artroom Makeover + Student Artwork

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The new facelift of the Art room is complete! (except for hanging my whiteboard). The girls helped me pick out the new color, and then we continued to spruce it with some various decals on the walls. It made our art room look bigger and the students like the new look. We went from lime […]

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