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Jun 3, 2020

How to Talk to Kids About Protests and Racism

As protests and riots continue in the wake of George Floyd’s death, it’s likely that children will be impacted in some way by these events. They may witness an emotional response from those around them, overhear a conversation, view something on social media, have it brought up by peers, or see the distress in the faces of those they love. Some children may ask their parents specific questions, initiating a conversation that many may dread, find uncomfortable, want to avoid, or simply not know how to explain a topic so utterly complex. However, these conversations are not to be avoided as not talking about upsetting events only fuels fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Having these conversations with a supportive adult, not only reduces fear, anxiety and uncertainty, but also begins a process of embracing differences and connecting through love, compassion and kindness. We’ve put together this guide to help with that difficult conversation. This guide was prepared by mental health professionals on our staff, but it is by no means the ultimate or only way to engage in this conversation with your child. It is simply one tool that we are offering as a place to start.
May 15, 2019

Executive Functioning: What Is It and Why Is Everyone Suddenly Talking About It?

While research on executive functioning has been taking place since the early 1970s, it has recently become a common buzzword in the worlds of education and speech-language pathology. This may be due to new research showing that a child’s future success depends less on their ability to memorize math facts and decode words, and more on having strong executive functioning and social-emotional skills. So what is executive functioning, and why is it so important for learning?
Oct 30, 2018

Educational Lingo Cheat Sheet

Like many professional fields, education has its own language and jargon that only those in the profession typically understand and use. Oftentimes, this causes parents some level of confusion when speaking with teachers, reading reports or conducting research. Check out this list of terms frequently used in schools. Some are relatively new, while others have been used in the field for decades.