Some students struggle with controlling their impulses in class, and often disrupt the learning environment with inappropriate behaviors such as talking, getting out of this or her seat, or interrupting the teacher during the lesson. Distractions can interrupt the learning of other students, and coordinated behavior strategies implemented at school and in the home go a long way in preventing off-task behaviors.
Bad Conduct, Defiance, and Mental Health
School Behavior: Awareness, Empathy, and Skills
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior, that involves a real or perceived power difference. The behavior is often repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Individuals who are bullied, and who bully others, may have lasting memories and difficulties related to their experiences. There are three types of bullying: verbal bullying, physical bullying, and social or relational bullying. For more information and resources related to bullying, see the links below.
Stand up to Cyberbullying
Top Tips for Kids: Bullying
Dealing with Bullying
As children go through changes, whether they be in the home or at school, they can experience a sense of loss or frustration that can lead to anger if their emotions are untreated or not addressed. When dealing with youth who experience problems with anger, it is essential to realize that anger comes from pain. Below are resources that can help one understand and address anger management concerns with children.
Juvenile Anger Management Program
Short Stop Program
Get the Angries Out!
All About Anger
Helping Children Deal With Anger
If you, or someone you know, has been thinking of suicide, help is available and recovery is possible. Start by learning the warning signs, and do whatever you can to get you, or someone you care about, the help they need.
Suicide is preventable. Despite the common misconception, talking about suicide openly is one of the most helpful things you can do for a person.
Visit the following links for more information.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The JED Foundation
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Abuse is a very serious problem that happens to our students, whether it be through violence, neglect, or sexual trauma. Counselors are mandated reporters, which means that if we hear about abuse, we must report the abuse immediately to the Department of Family and Child Services. Below are some resources if you or your child has been exposed to abuse.
Break the Cycle
Child Abuse Prevention Network
Child Welfare Information Gateway
That's Not Cool: Teen Digital Dating Violence Prevention
Going through a divorce can be a difficult process for all involved. Experts and parents who have been there say that with good communication, effective planning, greater awareness of problems that might arise, and time to iron out the difficulties, families can emerge with positive, supportive relationships and kids can be successful in school, too. Below you will find a few online resources, contact the counselors for more local resources.
Kids, Divorce, & School Success
What a Kid Needs During a Divorce
When a parent learns that their child is harming themselves, it can be a very emotional and confusing time. It is important for parents to regulate their emotions and react by taking these actions seriously. Self-harm is a coping skill that should only be removed once healthy coping strategies are taught and implemented. Numerous therapists in the community specialize in working with those who self-harm.
CARES Study at UCLA
Middle School is often a time when major mental health concerns start becoming evident. According to http://www.anad.org/:
• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.7
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8
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The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Following are some online resources for mental health. Please contact the counselors for local mental health resources.
National Insititute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Active Minds: Changing the Conversation About Mental Health
Mental Health and School Safety