Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Importance of Light for Physical Health for Adolescents and Older Adults


A dose of bright light in the morning can increase energy and cognitive functioning for adolescents. Electric lights can also help resolve sleep issues for older adults by resetting the circadian clock. Sleep problems can be associated with the buildup of proteins that can kill brain cells and affect memory. It is important to get sleep in, and the use of electric lights during the day can help with this. Read more in the January 2015 issue of Monitor on Psychology.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Parents Become Advocates for Education

Famous actors Chris and Marianne Cooper had to advocate for their son to receive educational services. Marianne Cooper states, “ I would have to become relentless to get the results I wanted.” They enlisted an advocacy mentor, Mary Somoza who lists six tips for parents- 1. Don’t take no for an answer. 2. Stay on top of afterschool programs. 3. Join support groups. 4. Be an efficient letter writer. 5. Document everything. 6. Contact you local Parent Center. Read more in Neurologynow.com- December 2015/January 2016 issue.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ten Minutes to Change Your Brain



With our brains tendency to have a natural Negativity Bias, here is an exercise to change your brain towards the positive. This is the shortened version- Keep a journal and record three successes from the day. Try it for two weeks. From an article in Attention magazine (must be a member to receive the magazine) through CHADD. http://www.chadd.org Recording your successes seems similar to the Gratitude Journal. Do one or the other and find a happier life.  Research shows focusing on gratitude and successes can have a positive effect.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Important Factors in Parent/Consultant Teamwork

We work with teens and young adults around educational issues that are impacted by mental health, learning differences and substance abuse.
Here are some key words that we feel are important in creating a strong alliance and a functioning team. Trust, Authenticity, Empathy, Respect and Inclusion.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Singing Together!



Singing together at school or family events is something that doesn’t seem to happen much anymore. But, maybe it should! There is reason to believe that singing communally has great benefits. Examples are:  forges social bonds, exercises the brain, improves breathing, posture and muscle tension, effective in pain relief, and helps to sustain a healthy immune system. Group singing will improve your happiness and sense of well being. Read more here- https://theconversation.com/choir-singing-improves-health-happiness-and-is-the-perfect-icebreaker-47619