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Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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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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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

Via Christopher Tienken
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Although this article is for pre-schoolers, the same thing applies to adolescents (need help with Emotional Learning).  That was the whole purpose in the 1980s of what was called "Emotional Growth Schools," the predecessors of the modern "Therapeutic Boarding Schools."  -Lon

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Federal Court Rules That Exclusion of Residential Treatment May Violate Federal Parity Act

In the fall of 2014, the law firms of Barnhill & Galand P.C., Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, and Psych-Appeal, Inc. filed a class action suit, Craft et al. v. Health Care Service Corporation, on behalf of an adolescent struggling with anorexia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder whose claims for residential treatment were categorically denied following nine psychiatric hospitalizations. Residential treatment is often the most appropriate, if not the only suitable level of care for individuals with chronic mental health or substance use disorders, which are frequently under-diagnosed and under-treated. 
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This might eventually mean two things.  1. Easier to get insurance payment for Residential Treatment. 2. Insurance premiums will go up because of an increase in claims.  -Lon

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Group Therapy Isn’t as Scary as it Seems

Group Therapy Isn’t as Scary as it Seems | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
At first, opening myself up to several people that I might share a class with, live in the same residence hall as, or even have mutual friends with was frightening.
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Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well

Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Teens across the USA are feeling the stress, and it's negatively affecting every aspect of their lives, says a survey of almost 2,000 adults, and more than 1,000 teens ages 13-17.
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The New Adulthood

The New Adulthood | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A revolution has redrawn the map of adulthood.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Can we see the new adulthood, or just what seem to be fading away? -Lon

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The Psychological Toll Of Childhood Bullying Can Persist For Decades

The Psychological Toll Of Childhood Bullying Can Persist For Decades | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Like other childhood traumas, the effects of serious bullying can last throughout life.

Via ESRC, Penrith Farms
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ESRC's curator insight, April 22, 2014 4:52 AM

The study tracked over 7,700 children whose families were part of the British National Child Development Study, also known as the 1958 Birth Cohort Study, which captures data from all the children born within one week in 1958 in England, Scotland, and Wales. 


The Birth Cohort Study was funded by the ESRC.


Article dated 18 April 2014.

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Knowledge vs. Knives: Successful Alternative to Weight Loss Surgery for Teens

Knowledge vs. Knives:  Successful Alternative to Weight Loss Surgery for Teens | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An alternative exists in a therapeutic boarding school model.  Founded by Ray Travaglione in South Carolina, MindStream Academy is producing results that are surpassing weight loss surgery for the treatment of obesity in kids grades 6-12 and providing an atmosphere of intervention, immersion, reinvention and sustainability.  ..
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Lawrence School: Re-Imagining School - YouTube

Students learn best when their differences are understood and accepted, when appropriate accommodations are made available and, most importantly, when their strengths as learners are defined, affirmed, and cultivated. Our approach – respecting differences and building on strengths – is vital for students who learn differently and may well serve as a successful model for educating all students, in all schools.

Via Lou Salza, Carolyn D Cowen
Lon Woodbury's insight:

As Salza says, this ability to accommodate to individual student differences is not good just for student with learning differences, but to all students and the resources, technology and knowledge exists to do this in mainstream schools also. -Lon

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Positive Discipline For Anxious (and Non-Anxious) Kids

Positive Discipline For Anxious (and Non-Anxious) Kids | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Discipline for anxious kids comes with its own challenges. Done positively, it can build your anxious (or non-anxious) kiddos and cement your relationship:
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What Are the Current Trends in Teen Abuse of ADHD Stimulants?

What Are the Current Trends in Teen Abuse of ADHD Stimulants? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The two best-known forms of these medications are Adderall and Ritalin.
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Military children more likely to have a history of suicide attempts

Military children more likely to have a history of suicide attempts | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
California high school students who have a parent in the military are far more likely than those from civilian families to have recently attempted suicide, according to a new study.
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Grandparents raising grandchildren: investigating factors associated with distress among custodial grandparent

Grandparents raising grandchildren: investigating factors associated with distress among custodial grandparent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

The aim of the current study was to explore the relationship between the psychological health of grandparents raising grandchildren, and those grandchildren's social, emotional and behavioural issues. The study also assessed the relationship between psychological well-being in grandparents and access to informal social support. The sample comprised 100 grandparents who were raising grandchildren. Regression analyses revealed that grandparents caring for grandchildren with abnormal emotional and hyperactive symptoms scored higher on measures of anxiety, stress, and depression, and were more likely to report less life satisfaction.

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How a West African shaman helped my schizophrenic son in a way Western ... - Washington Post

How a West African shaman helped my schizophrenic son in a way Western ... - Washington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Schizophrenics, some believe, are simply a “modern manifestation of prehistoric tribal shamans.”

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Is the lack (or less important) of a spiritual awareness a significant weakness of western behavioral/emotional treatment?  I hope more people begin to look at mental health problems with a wider lenses and learn from other cultures.  -Lon

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Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success

Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stim

Via Linda Alexander
Lon Woodbury's insight:

So true on so many levels.  But, we seem to have the view that when a person fails, there is something lacking in them. :( -Lon

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An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital

An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital

Via Scott Langston
Lon Woodbury's insight:

The musings of numerous sci-fi books in the last couple of decades might be coming to life? -Lon

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Scott Langston's curator insight, March 27, 5:54 AM

Serious discussions we should be having about teen idenitity

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A Simple Plan for Evaluating A Therapeutic Boarding School For Your Child (Part 1) | The Envoy Group

A Simple Plan for Evaluating A Therapeutic Boarding School For Your Child (Part 1) | The Envoy Group | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents ask me lots of questions about how to determine the best fit for their child when searching for a Therapeutic Boarding School or Residential Treatment Facility. Since I specialize in placing kids that are harder to find placement for, transfer cases, or long-term options, I am taking this opportunity to offer some general guidelines …
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Jaywalker is Turning 10 | Jaywalker Lodge-CO

Jaywalker is Turning 10 | Jaywalker Lodge-CO | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Please join us for a fun filled weekend celebrating Jaywalker's 10th Anniversary!  On Friday, June 5th we will host a golf outing and a backyard BBQ with l
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New book- Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal

New book- Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

the first book to scientifically and experientially explain why horses have the extraordinary ability to emotionally transform the lives of thousands of men, women and children whether they are horse lovers, or those suffering from deep psychological wounds.

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How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts - PsyPost

How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts - PsyPost | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Billions of people enjoy music; many feel that they can’t live without it. Why? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries. ...
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Music unifies the brain?  Intriguing concept. -Lon

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Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School - New York Times

Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School - New York Times | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Students pay $10 a month for unlimited access to Skillshare’s 1,000 courses, and 850,000 users are signed up with the service, the company said.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This sounds very similar to the late 19th century when creative solutions to education were happening everywhere including one I read about at virtually no cost with street newspaper boys that used a lot of peer educating, and free reusable resources, along with many one room schoolhouses that often were private.  Most were swamped by the offer of free public education and mandatory attendance laws starting at the turn of the century. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 23, 2:52 PM

Novel idea that seems interesting.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Many of the forerunners of Therapeutic Boarding Schools (called Emotional Growth Schools then) used this concept - called Theme teaching then.  It does seem to break down the artificial boundaries between narrow subjects to give a wider perspective.  I presume like anything else, it can be abused or misapplied. -Lon

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Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 25, 7:11 AM

Worth trying out...

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 25, 10:19 AM

This article shares how Finland is changing how they teach children and adults. This is similar to the comments I recently shared from Stanford's president. Thoughts?

jmoreillon's curator insight, March 27, 9:42 AM

This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

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12 Toxic Behaviors that Push People Away From You

12 Toxic Behaviors that Push People Away From You | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is a very good list and one each of us should consider if and how each applies to us. -Lon

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Bullies who were bullied at risk for suicide - Futurity

Bullies who were bullied at risk for suicide - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Being bullied can put youth at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, but so can being a bully, a new analysis shows.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This makes a good argument that just punishing the bully is not an effective strategy. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 20, 12:02 AM

I have read about this before.  The events and issues that cause a bully to bully are mental health issues.  The bully needs just as much help as the bullied.

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BrainWare Foresees the Next Generation of Brain-Training | Latest Share News

BrainWare Foresees the Next Generation of Brain-Training | Latest Share News | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

The results from BrainWare SAFARI, the company’s first entry into the space, have been impressive. In published research, students using the program improved their cognitive ability significantly in just 12 weeks, showing intellectual growth of more than four years.  That type of growth would mean that a child with the cognitive development of an average 8-year-old would afterward have the intellectual capacity of a typical 12-year-old. Academic capacity improved by nearly two years, in that same time period.

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The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 17, 2:46 PM

A very very long article and well written.  The author brings up some very good points about substance abuse treatment and that is it takes few qualifications to call oneself an Addiction Counselor.  Hardly any doctors specialize in the area and addiction treatment hardly has any scientific evidence.  That is probably going to change quite a bit since now with the Affordable Care Act insurance has to cover alcohol and substance abuse treatment.