9 Things Your Tween NEEDS To Know Now

The rocky road of those middle years between 9 and 12 can take a toll on the whole family! Connecting with tweens can feel a little like walking through a landmine at times. Looking for a good way to connect with them, review some of these “facts” in a casual way over the next few days and start the conversation. Click here to read...

What’s On Their Minds: Common Mental Health Concerns in Children

This year, on my end of the year survey/needs assessment, I asked teachers what topics they wanted more information on related to professional development. The three most requested topics that came up were behavior plan creation and implementation, mental health diagnosis in children and classroom culture. In preparation for the upcoming professional development sessions, I will be covering each of the topics on the blog in my Summer PD Series. Today’s topic is Common Mental Health Diagnosis seen in children. Next week is Behavior Improvement Plans. Happy reading! According to WebMD, nearly 5 million children each year are diagnosed with some form of mental illness in the United States. That equates to about 20% of kids or in an average classroom of 30, as many as 6 students having a diagnosable mental illness. These diagnoses can dramatically impact both the individual student’s success, but also the overall classroom function. While neither diagnosis nor treatment of mental illness in children is the role of the classroom teacher or school counselor, providing appropriate support for these students can have a positive impact on the school environment on a whole. Below are several common diagnosis that can be seen in schools and some ways that school personnel can help. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) As the most common behavioral/mental health diagnosis in children, ADHD can also be misunderstood and hard to manage. Because of symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, disorganization and impulsivity, ADHD can be a highly visible and distracting diagnosis for classroom teachers to manage. Some kids also display daydreaming or attention seeking behaviors. Other common symptoms seen are conflict seeking, low...