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...

Are You Coachable?

Yameen Chestnut, MA yameen@thewelltoday.com Set Appointment Now 317-471-8996 Are you “COACHABLE” within your relationship? Okay, so considering the upcoming NFL Super Bowl featuring two talented teams being led by two phenomenal quarterbacks, I thought it timely to reflect on the concept of being coachable within relationships. What exactly is “coachable”? Well, in terms of sports, it’s generally related to how well the athlete can listen to the coach’s instructions, absorb the concept, practice the skills and apply them in a game or competitive situation to achieve a score or defeat one’s opponent. In terms of relationships, let’s apply the very same concept. The communication and exchanges between two partners can be thought of as plays. Within that communication exists prompts, cues and signals; some overt while much is often covert. The ability to decipher, categorize and translate those exchanges can make or break a relationship. Just as in sports, how able are you to recognize what your partner is communicating on the field? How much time have you taken to reflect on areas where you are likely miscommunicating, or as I like to think of it, studying “game tape?” In order to defeat the foes of judgment, defensiveness and criticism, one must be flexible and open to improvement and the realization that quite often, what you see or hear from your significant other isn’t necessarily so. As I ponder what makes someone coachable, I can’t help but to think of that athlete that is humble, hardworking, sacrificial and selfless in their attitude, traits that we all could show a little more of. Habits that if practiced with each other...

What you WON’T do for LOVE: The Non-Negotiables of relationships!

Yameen Chestnut, MA, NCC yameen@thewelltoday.com Set Appointment Now 317-471-8996 In every relationship there are negotiating points: give and take, push and pull; you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. It’s a simple “dance”, if you will, of trading for your wants and needs, and compromising. One gives what they don’t mind giving in order to get what they individually want and need. This “dance” has a point of demarcation, an ending point in which fairness, rules, and anything less than equal gets snuffed out by the unfulfilled partner. Let’s be frank, a person can only put up with so much before they “break”! In other words, there is a point in negotiating where no matter what is being requested, a compromise is utterly unattainable. Question of the day: When you think of some things that you simply won’t put up with, simply won’t negotiate on, or better yet must have, what comes to mind? What are some of your “must-haves” and non-negotiables? In past relationships, what would you not negotiate on and what were some things that you had to have in order to remain a “happy camper”? If you and your partner are having a hard time sorting through your must-haves and non-negotiables contact The Well today. We are ready to help! (317) 471-8996  ...

3 Steps to Taking Care of Yourself Emotionally Part 3

Fulfill yourself. Webster’s dictionary defines fulfill as “to develop the full potentialities of”.  Are you reaching your potential? If not, you can start today.  If there were dreams you had about what you were going to accomplish or who you were going to be you can still reach that dream.  You can start by choosing the growth you want to make and then set reasonable goals to make those dreams a reality. What do you really want to do with your life?  Maybe you feel wonderful when you are a give to others.   You don’t have to wait until the holiday seasons to be charitable. You can find an agency that needs support and volunteer with them.  That’s a great way to develop your full potential in the area of giving.   Maybe you know you could write a book.  A book consists of multiple chapters.  A goal might be to type one page per day or one page per week until that book is finished.  This is a good time to ask yourself if you are reaching your full potential.    Don’t settle. ...