What Triggers Anger?

What Triggers Anger

People don’t get angry without a reason; there is often more to anger than meets the eye. We must go below the surface of what’s happening to unveil the true culprit behind anger.

Elishia Basner

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Elishia is a former school counselor with a decade of experience aiding children and adolescents in navigating life challenges such as grief, loss, divorce, emotional regulation issues, and transitions. Elishia is passionate about helping schools become more resilient-centered and helping school counselors create comprehensive programs that align with the ASCA National Model. Elishia has over […]

Why Neuroscience Matters for Kids

By understanding how their brains work, kids can develop a deeper understanding of themselves, the world around them, and their place in it.

Books Are Not the Enemy, Smartphones Are.

While some parents are still talking about how books pose the biggest threat to children in schools, teachers are talking about what’s actually impacting their students and classrooms this year: smartphones.

The Best Kids Books About Anxiety

kids books about anxiety

Picture books can be powerful tools for helping kids with anxiety. They can help young kids understand and manage their feelings, develop coping skills, and feel less alone. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why picture books are so effective for helping kids with anxiety and share some of our favorite books about worry and […]

Begin With the End in Mind

Begin With The End in Mind

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” Alfie Kohn

Ashley Vigil-Otero

Ashley Vigil-Otero

Ashley Vigil-Otero, PsyD, is a psychologist in private practice, an author, and a consultant at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). She has trained at Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University, and has taught at the University of South Florida. She practices in Florida, where she specializes in compassion-oriented psychotherapy […]

A New Perspective on Behavior

A New Perspective on Behavior

It’s no secret that outward behaviors in our students rarely tell the whole story. Instead, those verbal and physical actions often serve as clues pointing to deeper needs, emotions, and desires. Once the underlying issues are addressed, the path away from negative words and actions becomes much smoother and clearer. As he addresses fifteen key […]

Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media

Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media

A multipronged approach to social media management, including time limits, parental monitoring and supervision, and ongoing discussions about social media can help parents protect teens’ brain development.

Regulation and Co-Regulation

Regulation and Co-Regulation

Students need support more than ever. They need you. You are the strategy. You have the power to help students manage behavior and ultimately heal through co-regulation.

Why We Need to Teach Digital Citizenship to Our Students

Digital Citizenship

Our students spend a lot of time on their devices. By age 11, 53% of children in the U.S. have a smartphone, and by age 16, 89% have one.1 Not only do most youth own a device, but they are on it a lot too! Since the pandemic, young people’s online time has skyrocketed, and […]

What Libraries Do

What Libraries Do

Today’s libraries are more than just books. From teaching critical literacy skills to promoting entrepreneurship and small business development to preserving and facilitating our community stories, an easier question might be what don’t libraries do! Check out some examples of what libraries of all types are doing for their communities.

10 Tips for Mental Health Spring Cleaning

10 Tips for Mental Health Spring Cleaning

Every spring, we give our homes a deep cleaning to get it ready for the coming year. Do you do the same to your mind? Decluttering your brain is just as important as organizing your home. Here are 10 tips for mental health spring cleaning.

Ginger Healy

Author Ginger Healy

Ginger Healy MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker with almost 30 years of experience in the field of social work. Ginger has worked as a child abuse investigator, hospital social worker, and school therapist. She spent 15 years as the social service supervisor at an international adoption agency and was able to travel to […]

Angie C. Smith

Author Angie C. Smith

Dr. Angie C. Smith embraces multiple roles as a partner, mother, Associate Teaching Professor, Program Coordinator for the Counselor Education program at North Carolina State University, Faculty Fellow for the Office of Faculty Excellence, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. She has been teaching online and on-campus at NC […]

Teacher Burnout: A Growing Problem in Schools

Teacher Burnout- A Growing Problem in School

Teacher burnout is more than just a frustrating day with distracted students, helicopter parents, or glitchy technology. It’s caused by chronic stress due to unrelenting workplace demands. The National Education Association defines burnout as “a condition in which an educator has exhausted the personal and professional resources necessary to do the job.” It’s not just about the ability to educate effectively, […]

Six Activities that Inspire a Goal-Setting Mindset in Students

6 Activities that Inspire a Goal-Setting Mindset in Students

When researchers from the University of Scranton tracked 200 people who had made New Year’s resolutions, they found that close to 80 percent kept their pledges for one week—but just 19 percent managed to stick to them for a period of two years.

Amie Dean

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Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education since 1993. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She […]

Steliyana Doneva

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Steliyana Doneva is a children’s book illustrator living in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her love of painting and drawing started in early childhood. Steliyana studied applied arts in Sofia, specializing in children’s toys. Then she graduated with a degree in graphic arts, where she found her love for children’s book illustration.

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann

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Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, Ph.D., is a counselor educator, clinical mental health counselor, school counselor, and international author of numerous books. Raychelle has expertise in a wide range of issues affecting children and adolescents, from anger and aggression to anxiety and depression to sexual trauma and bullying. Raychelle attended North Carolina State University, receiving her B.A. […]

Allison Edwards

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Allison Edwards is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Before opening a private practice, Allison developed and maintained a play therapy program for […]

Hello, Anger

Hello, Anger

From a brain perspective, it makes sense. Stress has been high these past couple of years.

The Unseen Work of a Teacher

The Unseen Work of a Teacher

It goes unnoticed by everyone except the student who was forever impacted. But on occasion, long after the teacher has retired, the grown-up student takes the opportunity to recount his story. This one just happened to be on a national radio show.

Spring into Action with 7 Acts of Kindness

Spring into Action with 7 Acts of Kindness

It’s the end of March, which means it’s springtime and what better time to spring into action with acts of kindness. Savvy Aunties can help our nieces and nephews give back with these simple and fun activities.

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