For some, it has already started, for others, it is coming, either way, we are all in Back To School mode.
The transition out of summer activities and schedules and back to school is often difficult for kids (and sometimes for parents too!), and for many kids, can be quite anxiety provoking. For kids who struggle with mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, or other mental health issues, school can be particularly difficult as they may struggle to fit in and to adjust to the school routine and schedule more than other peers their age. It is important to discuss the upcoming changes and talk about any worries your child may be having. Empathize with your child’s concerns and provide reassurance and support. Ask your child to identify any struggles they may have had in previous years and discuss what can be done differently this year to avoid similar occurrences. If your child sees a mental health clinician, discuss any concerns about school with them so they can address this in session and can provide your child with useful coping strategies and tools to assist them in managing the transition.
Dear General Ed Teacher,
It is almost time for me to get started as a student in your class and I thought it would be a good idea to share some important details with you in order for us BOTH to succeed.
There was no form that my parents filled out to let you know about this “stuff”.
Our first lady, Michelle Obama, put a national face to a national problem when she took on the childhood obesity crisis. Unfortunately, the problem had become so severe that more than 25 percent of our children were already overweight. Why did this happen? The obesity epidemic is not isolated to children. More than 30 percent of adults are obese. In other words, no one is immune from this health crisis. The consequences of obesity are among our top health problems: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
Caregivers of dependents with special needs who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits must fully understand the nature, scope and duration of these benefits to effectively plan for the financial future of their dependent. When SSDI benefits are payable based on a caregiver’s working record to their adult dependent with special needs, the Social Security Administration (SSA )considers this type of benefit as a “child’s” benefit. It is this form of eligibility that this article will address.
It has taken me over a month to be able to write this after my son’s last IEP meeting. I have done about 20 drafts. Our next meeting happens today and I am walking on eggshells.
Why does it have to be like this? I have no real answer but here is a letter I wrote to our “IEP team”. Maybe I will bring it with me.
The guilt over having had enough summer “fun” with the kids…
I’m sitting here writing this article instead of facing the massive piles of laundry, some folded, some not most clean….
Names have been changed in the following article to protect the innocent. And the less innocent, but whatever.
This summer, I volunteered at a summer camp that taught young kids other languages. I took care of the children, played with them, and helped keep the classroom tidy. All in all, the camp was set up quite well – distinct schedules, reasonably tidy rooms, and friendly helpers. It was a good camp. I only had one problem with the camp – the children there. They weren’t really mean, per se – they just played a bit rough.
Parenthood, as well know, is a daily challenge. When you are pregnant your hope is that your baby will be healthy and delivery will be without any complications. I never really gave much thought to what it would be like to have a child with special needs or what it meant to be a parent to a child with special needs.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is the leading cause of disability among individuals between the ages of 15-44 in the United States, however, individuals of any age, including children, can experience depression. Symptoms of depression in youth can vary from child to child and according to developmental age. It has been noted to be one of the most common mental health issues in youth, with a prevalence of 2.5% (Birmaher et al., 1996) in children, increasing from between 4-8% in the beginning of adolescence up to 25% by the end of adolescence (Kessler et al, 2001). Depression can be a serious problem resulting in detrimental effects on family and peer relationships, academic performance, self-esteem, satisfaction with life, sleep and diet. Additionally, there is a significant risk of developing self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide when depression symptoms are present.