Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dyxlexia and Assembly Bill 1369

This new law goes into effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year and will help thousands of students get the help they need before they begin to fail in school. Teachers will have access to proven, evidence-based approaches for teaching reading to students. “The legislation will require schools that are testing struggling readers to test students’ “phonological processing,” which is the ability to discriminate and manipulate sounds at the sentence, word, syllable and individual sound level.” Read more here- https://edsource.org/2015/california-students-with-dyslexia-gain-ground-with-new-law/89368

Monday, June 20, 2016

Marijuana will help me with my ADHD and it’s not a Drug!

Teenagers need to know the facts about Marijuana and how it will affect their brain now and into the future. Research has shown that education in conjunction with medication (prescribed by a physician) seems to be the most effective treatment for ADHD. Here is an article that will educate your teen on how marijuana actually affects ADHD. http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/ADHD-Weekly-Archive/Newsletter-Article.aspx?id=73

Monday, June 13, 2016

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

PTSD doesn’t only affect veterans. Here are the four symptoms of PTSD- Re-Experiencing, Hyper-arousal, Feeling Worse About Yourself or the World, and Avoidance.   Stress related symptoms lasting more than three months after a trauma indicate its time to get help. Read more here- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs- National Center for PTSD. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness/

Friday, June 10, 2016

Talk about it- Mental Illness!

One in five teens and young adults have mental illness. It shouldn’t be a stigma and it is important to talk about. OK2TALK.org offers that opportunity. http://ok2talk.org 
There is help and there is support.