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How Trauma Affects Kids in School

How Trauma Affects Kids in School Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who’ve been traumatized.   We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development,…

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things

7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things Here are seven strategies and activities we can use to raise children who aren’t afraid to tackle new situations, skills, or obstacles with confidence.   I’ll admit it: Growing up, I was afraid to try new things. I didn’t want to do anything that I wasn’t good at—what was the…

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7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude

7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude Grateful kids are happier, more compassionate and engaged. These simple projects can help them get in touch with their thankful sides.     Does your child express gratitude often? Being thankful and appreciative can alter your child’s perception of the world, their family and themselves. One study found that 12-year-olds…

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9 Tips for Talking to People You Disagree With

9 Tips for Talking to People You Disagree With Whether it’s about who does the dishes or takes out the trash, impeachment or gun control, the same rules apply.     There’s value in having conversations with people with whom you don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with. You might evolve your perspective on a topic. You might bolster your argument for…

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With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning.     The 6-year-old boy’s eyes welled up with tears. His teacher, 30-year veteran Leigh Yelton, could see the explosive anger building in the first grader. After…

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Brain Training vs. Tutoring

Brain Training vs. Tutoring How Our Cognitive Skills Training Program is Different     One of the first things people ask us at LearningRx is how we differ from tutoring. Though brain training and tutoring are both great solutions, they are very different and not interchangeable. Learning can be broken down into two components: strong educational content, and the cognitive…

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As a Mom and a School Counselor, I Know What Kids Need Most

As a Mom and a School Counselor, I Know What Kids Need Most “Hope hasn’t always been one of the things on my radar, but our children need it now more than ever.” – Julia Cook     As a mom, I often think about the many things I need to be teaching my children. Manners, kindness, empathy. Phonics, algebra,…

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Managing Anxiety in Uncertainty

Managing Anxiety in Uncertainty Anxiety is the excessive concern about a potential triggering event or perceived threat to one’s safety.     2020 has certainly brought more than its share of challenges and we still have several months to go. We have seen a global pandemic, quarantines, economic hardships, societal unrest for issues related to racism and inequality, a political…

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Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Address Adverse Childhood Experiences Schools and school counselors have a critical role in helping students who’ve suffered adverse childhood experiences.     If ever there were a time to talk about adverse childhood experiences, that time is now. The spring 2020 pandemic has brought on changes that will have a lasting impact, even once students are all back in school….

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5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day

5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day “Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.” — Shakti Gawain     Today is World Gratitude Day. First celebrated in 1965, it was later officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group and is recognized…

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Helping Children Cope with Disaster How parents and caregivers react to and cope with a disaster or emergency situation can affect the way their children react.     Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior. For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with…

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8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom

8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom Each student is worthy of love and respect, and nothing matters more than inspiring a joy of learning.     Kim Thomas has taught math for more than two decades. Most recently, she joined the staff at Woodruff Alternative School in Peoria, Illinois, where she’s been for the last four years. Woodruff…

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