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The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap

The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pages; $27. Random House; £12.99. Buy from...

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This is examining the issues the early therapeutic (emotional growth) boarding schools were based on in the 1980s, many of which are still operating.  -Lon

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Lou Salza's curator insight, January 31, 2013 12:08 AM

Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine, aims to answer these thorny questions in “How Children Succeed”, an ambitious and elegantly written new book, now out in Britain. The problem, he writes, is that academic success is believed to be a product of cognitive skills—the kind of intelligence that gets measured in IQ tests. This view has spawned a vibrant market for brain-building baby toys, and an education-reform movement that sweats over test scores. But new research from a spate of economists, psychologists, neuroscientists and educators has found that the skills that see a student through college and beyond have less to do with smarts than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses. The KIPP students who graduated from college were not the academic stars but the workhorses, the ones who plugged away at problems and resolved to do better.

So non-cognitive skills like persistence and curiosity are highly predictive of future success. But where do these traits come from? And how can they be developed? In search of answers, Mr Tough first looks at the problem on a neurological level. Apparently medical reasons explain why children who grow up in abusive or dysfunctional environments generally find it harder to concentrate, sit still and rebound from disappointments. The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for regulating thoughts and mediating behaviour. When this region is damaged—a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty—it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts.

 
Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
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Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views

Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com.  We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.

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Teen Depression, Suicide Show Upward Trend

Teen Depression, Suicide Show Upward Trend | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The rates of depression and suicide among teenagers are increasing. Many times, children turn to social media for therapy or as an outlet for the unspoken pains they feel. As a news organization we...

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Teaching teens to value life may help prevent suicides

Reflecting on the increasing occurrance of teen suicide, our Ken Potts recalls the teachings of psychologist Rollo May, who suggests that the best way to prevent such tragedies is not by asking why someone would want to die but rather by giving adolescents good reasons to want to live.
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Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair

Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Early Brain Development and Gaming: A New Study on Neurogenesis and Brain Connectivity Could a recent study by neuroscientist Simone Kühn reveal new ways of

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Chris Martin's curator insight, February 24, 10:42 AM

This is really exciting. The sooner mainstream culture accepts technology helping--in all aspects of a child's life--the better.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 25, 9:15 AM

Great, but we gamers knew this all along! 

Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, February 25, 2:42 PM

From the article:  “The benefits of gaming not only boost early life brain development – but they could extend to decelerating the degenerative span of the brain in mature life.”  I guess it’s time to load up Call of Duty…

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California Has Taken Major Step Toward Reducing Criminalization of Drug Use

Addiction treatment drug rehab alcohol rehab and detox industry magazine news and articles
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Why Are So Many Toddlers Taking Prozac, Xanax, and ADHD Drugs?

Why Are So Many Toddlers Taking Prozac, Xanax, and ADHD Drugs? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
An analysis of 2013 IMS Data, found that over 274,000 infants (0-1 year olds) and some 370,000 toddlers (1-3 years age) in the U.S. were on antianxiety (e.g. Xanax) and antidepressant (e.g. Prozac) drugs. This report also found over 1,400 infants were on ADHD drugs.

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It looks like more and more professionals are following the rule:  "If in doubt, medicate."  :( -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 24, 1:11 PM

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An analysis of 2013 IMS Data, found that over 274,000 infants (0-1 year olds) and some 370,000 toddlers (1-3 years age) in the U.S. were on antianxiety (e.g. Xanax) and antidepressant (e.g. Prozac) drugs. This report also found over 1,400 infants were on ADHD drugs.


And I find this terribly disturbing.  We don't know the long term side effects on people under the age of 18 for a great many drugs.  I am pretty sure no tests have been done on children under the age of four. I mean you are not even supposed to give a child paracetamol or motrin without talking to a pediatrician.  I fail to see how this is a good thing.

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Teens Aren't Getting Enough Sleep And Researchers Think They Know Why

Teens Aren't Getting Enough Sleep And Researchers Think They Know Why | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Rates of adequate sleep among teenagers in the U.S. have decreased dramatically over the past 20 years, especially for female students and racial/ethnic minorities.
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Should Mentally Ill People Be Forced Into Treatment?

Should Mentally Ill People Be Forced Into Treatment? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Why many American cities are changing their position.
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The balance between civil rights violation and effectiveness in treating the mentally ill seems to be impossibly trickly. -Lon

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The US Is On The Verge Of An Autism Tsunami

The US Is On The Verge Of An Autism Tsunami | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"The system we have right now is woefully inadequate."

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 22, 8:04 PM

Soon we will have 55,000 austic children entering adulthood every year and the system that is in place is grossly insufficient and underfunded.  Hence, the Tsunami.

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Is your refrigerator running? Crank phone call jokes

Is your refrigerator running? Crank phone call jokes | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"Is your refrigerator running" and other crank phone call jokes are now just a distant memory. Thank digital technology and the advent of Call Display for this sad fact.
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Crank phone calls to cyber-bullying: Progress always has its unintended consequences. -Lon

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Mindfulness will permanently alter your brain.

Mindfulness will permanently alter your brain. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
It’s good for resilience and decision making.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 21, 12:20 AM

Non-judgmental present moment awareness is good for the brain.  Insightful article about the benefits of Mindfulness and why we should all be more mindful.

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R U There? - A new counselling service harnesses the power of the text message

R U There? - A new counselling service harnesses the power of the text message | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A new counselling service harnesses the power of the text message. Alice Gregory reports.
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Among young people especially, texting in totally ingrained into their culture. -Lon

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Brené Brown on Empathy - YouTube

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

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The Scary Truth About What Technology Is Really Doing To Kids

The Scary Truth About What Technology Is Really Doing To Kids | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.

If it seems like your kids are constantly plugged in, tapping away on their iPhones, obsessively gaming and SnapChatting way more than they're actually ...

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"Why I choose to medicate my boys."

"Why I choose to medicate my boys." | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Successful management of ADHD needs more than just medication. It requires lots of outdoor activity, loads of sport, as good a diet as possible, lots of persistent and patient parenting, and truckloads of love.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 25, 5:58 PM

Just a blog entry from a mother that medicates her boys for ADHD.  The other side of the coin.

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Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills?

Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Researchers say the idea of teaching to students’ preferred learning styles has little empirical support. The fact that it persists may say something about our education system.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 25, 4:49 PM

“A lot of education-school faculty are really not examining outcome literature before they make recommendations.”


Sums up for me right there.

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▶ Those Who Died too Young - YouTube -For Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness would like to honor those who have died too young. It is time. Eating disorders are Serious and DEADLY. WIth early di...

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This is so sad!  A reminder of what those of us working with struggling teens are trying to prevent. -Lon

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Punishment Doesn't Work

Punishment Doesn't Work | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Punishment doesn’t change the tendency to engage in the punished behavior.
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I always consider it a crude and ineffective method of imposing consequences - which do work, especially when they are natural. -Lon

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Sales of ADHD meds are booming. Here's Why.

Sales of ADHD meds are booming. Here's Why. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Obamacare and new diagnostic criteria for adults could mean a major windfall for the makers of ADHD drugs.

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Consequences like this were predicted during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.  Some reasoned, among other predictions, there was a reason drug and insurance company lobbyists were supporting the act. :)  Even in the 1980s some of the children I ran across with the ADHD label and on medication could go off the medication with no ill effects if it was replaced by a lot of fresh air and exercise.  And, I've had several psychiatrists tell me that the most common diagnosis was mis-diagnosis.  We already are over diagnosing ADD and ADHD in my opinion and this increase is potentially damaging to a lot of young people. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 24, 12:34 PM

Interesting side effect of the Affordable Heath Care Act, since all medical insurance is required to cover mental health there has been a boom in ADHD diagnosis.  Medication sales have been increasing 8 - 13% a year since the enactment of the legislation.  More people covered and a less stringent criteria for determining ADHD equates to a boom.  Someone brought up the idea yesterday that ADHD might be a Personality trait instead of a Disorder.  If that were the case than I feel we are essentially drugging people so they don't act like themselves.  With the exception of one ADHD medication that I am aware of, they are all amphetamines and addictive.  Or maybe there is a disorder and a personality.  Before 1983 only 2-3% of kids were diagnosed ADHD and that held true for Europe up until late.  Now we are diagnosing 11% ADHD.  What if the 2-3% for ADHD as a disorder is more accurate?  Shouldn't it take more than a 10 - 15 minute session to diagnose?

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Op-Ed: ADHD is the New Normal

Op-Ed: ADHD is the New Normal | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
ADHD is more than common, it's normal.

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This is getting closer to seeing ADHD as more a personality type than as a disorder.  That sounds healthy to me since it removes the stigma. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 22, 2:39 AM

The author doesn't give any reason why she thinks ADHD among other mental health issues are on the rise but they are.  By new normal I believe she just means children aren't stigmatized by mental health related labels.  Reason being is that the issues are becoming commonplace and children are aware of them.  The stigma seems to still be prevalent in regards to other mental illnesses though.

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4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain

4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music.

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The problem with the medical model and Psychiatry.

The problem with the medical model and Psychiatry. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The mental health industry has a lot to answer. The psychologization of everyday life has eroded the range of human experience seen as normal, disempowered people to manage their own life challenges, professionalized helping relationships and undermined the already decaying support structures through which people found meaning and connection, stigmatized people through psychiatric labeling, led to iatrogenic misery from harmful treatments and traumatized already vulnerable individuals through excessively coercive practices.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 21, 12:27 AM

Fascinating and pretty contentious.  There is a rebuttal (2nd comment) that is just as lengthy in the comment section.  Interesting discussion which is probably arising because of the rejection of the DSM V and the establishment of new criteria.  I know there is a movement to look at mental illnesses as being on a spectrum.  How this will impact diagnosis, I do not know.

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Family And Friends Don’t Support Your Recovery?...Why?

Family And Friends Don’t Support Your Recovery?...Why? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Are you finding that family and friends don’t support your recovery? Wouldn't they be relieved, even happy? Learn all the reasons why they may not support you.
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These obstacles not only apply to drug recovery, but to other behavioral problems as well. -Lon

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Are child welfare services helping the kids?

Are child welfare services helping the kids? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Is America’s child welfare system still working to provide safe solutions for children subject to abuse or neglect at home?

The evidence doesn’t quite prove it, said Richard P. Barth, dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work said.


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I suspect all of us know of personal situations where child welfare services muffed their job. -Lon

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10 Things Your Teen Wants You to Know | License to Parent

10 Things Your Teen Wants You to Know | License to Parent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

My years of experience at Shepherd’s Hill Academy has taught me how honest today’s teens can be.


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