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News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Hundreds of Teens Gather to Discuss Issues Facing Young People at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 46th National Keystone Conference In Atlanta

Hundreds of Teens Gather to Discuss Issues Facing Young People at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 46th National Keystone Conference In Atlanta | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Jordin Sparks, B.o.B and hip hop pioneers DMC, Doug E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella will join teens traveling from 157...
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Children and the culture of pornography: 'Boys will ask you every day until you say yes' - Telegraph

Children and the culture of pornography: 'Boys will ask you every day until you say yes' - Telegraph | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The death of 13-year-old Chevonea Kendall-Bryan has driven the debate on the sexualisation of the young to fever pitch, but what will we do about it?

Via Mishka's Life, Beverley Glazer
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Mishka's Life's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:41 PM

This issue of children, their access to hardcore pornography and it's effects is so important to be aware of.  Let's not be blind to the clture our children are growing up in.

Laura Brown's comment, January 28, 2013 6:35 PM
It's not just hardcore porn. What TV show does not show people having sex at the drop of a hat? Unless kids are watching the Food Network, they are exposed to sex and the feeling that everyone does it and there is something wrong with you if you haven't had sex within the past week. That is not reality, but that is what we and our children/ teenagers see.
Beverley Glazer's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:03 AM

Unless kids are watching the shopping channel this is the reality. It's not only porn, it's everywhere. Kids are surrounded by sexuality and consider it the norm. Is it harder to be a parent today? How can we prevent the hyper-sexualization of kids.

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Putting it Together: Telling the Story Whole

Putting it Together: Telling the Story Whole | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
We recount our lives in fragments. Michael Schellenberg believes our sense of well-being depends on placing difficult events in context of a longer view.

Via Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer
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Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:02 PM

Brilliant insightful article. He is so right, it is so easy to lose our story and to get caught up in the distractions, in the life derailments and lose where we are going. Having that view of the bigger picture is what keeps us going despite the current difficulties and it is that view that so many of our troubled teens do not have. We need to help them find their stories and to hold onto them.

Lon Woodbury's comment, March 13, 2013 3:31 PM
Perhaps that is a major lack that teens with behavioral and emotional problems have - not being able to see their lives in a context. -Lon
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Dumbing down Dad: How media present husbands, fathers as useless | Deseret News

Dumbing down Dad: How media present husbands, fathers as useless | Deseret News | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If you happen to watch Nickelodeon, ABC, Fox or really any TV station or round of commercials, you've most likely witnessed the overbearing portrayal of the modern-day husband and father as lazy, inco...
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A New Report Shows Methadone Treatment is Ineffective | The Life Works Community Blog

A New Report Shows Methadone Treatment is Ineffective | The Life Works Community Blog | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
While the government pours money into methadone, the numbers show it is larglely inefective in treating heroin addiction.

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Live-Wise-Life's comment, May 24, 2013 11:47 AM
trading one addiction for another without a taper plan and recovery plan in place for the long term.
LifeWorks Surrey's comment, July 17, 2013 11:38 AM
Part of the problem is that many people use on top of their methadone. Also, methadone is supposed to be tapered down, but that requires plenty of counselling and other treatment. That is pretty expensive and most drug strategies want to look like they are helping the largest number of people for the lowest possible price. That can mean methadone with no additional treatment.
Live-Wise-Life's comment, November 11, 2013 11:18 AM
I agree completely that methadone treatment is a waste of time and money. For those who want to get off methadone but are terrified of withdrawing there actually is a very effective method that minimizes symptoms to almost nothing and takes a relatively short taper and length of time. anyone interested in the details can email me info@livewiselife.com
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One of the Most Difficult Challenges facing a Counselor

every counselor brings a unique personality to the counseling situation and every client responds to that personality differently from every other counselor.

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American Association of Christian Counselors » Blog Archive » Religion is a powerful resource for good in mental health.

Dr. Harold Koenig is one of the world’s most prolific scientists in psychiatry and medicine. A faculty member at Duke University and Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Koenig has recently completed a comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to date on the relationship of religion and faith to every conceivable variable in health and mental health.

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» Higher Levels of Toxic Metals in Blood, Urine of Children with Autism - Psych Central News

» Higher Levels of Toxic Metals in Blood, Urine of Children with Autism - Psych Central News | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children with autism tend to have higher levels of several toxic metals in their blood and urine compared to typically developing children, according to a
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It Is Not Acceptable For Anyone To Call For Acts Of Violence Against Children With Autism Under Any Circumstance!

It Is Not Acceptable For Anyone To Call For Acts Of Violence Against Children With Autism Under Any Circumstance! | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

In my life, I have never been more angry and stirred to act than I am at this point after reading recently on several social media sites a growing number of suggested hate crimes against innocent, trusting, defenseless children who are on the autism spectrum.  

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Art Therapy

Art therapy is used to help people manage physical and emotional problems by using creative activities to express emotions.
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Art therapy is used to help people manage physical and emotional problems by using creative activities to express emotions. It provides a way for people to come to terms with emotional conflicts, increase self-awareness, and express unspoken and often unconscious concerns about their illness and their lives. “Expressive arts therapy” or “creative arts therapy” may also include the use of dance and movement, drama, poetry, and photo therapy, as well as more traditional art methods.

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What is Nonverbal Learning Disability (Disorder)

What is Nonverbal Learning Disability (Disorder) | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I was in a Team meeting once and the team chair said “I was surprised that the student with diagnosed with nonverbal learning disability because they talk all the time.” The term Nonverbal Learning Disorders (or NLD) refers to a neurological syndrome...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 2, 2013 2:30 PM

Often diagnosed as ADHD; often difficulies with social situations.  

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Google slowly eliminates 'die' from autism search results; shift praised by Autism New Jersey

Google slowly eliminates 'die' from autism search results; shift praised by Autism New Jersey | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Users would still be able to access the sites that contained offensive wording.
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The problem seems to be that so many common search words have auto-complete being very negative and/or violent.  A scary commentary that apparently many people are searching for terms in a violent and very negative context. :(  -Lon

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Six Ways to Spot an Eating Disorder Early

Six Ways to Spot an Eating Disorder Early | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Cooking? Breakfast on the run? Some of the early warning signs of teenage eating disorders aren’t what you might expect.

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Two instructors at camp for troubled teens arrested for physical and sexual assault

Two instructors at camp for troubled teens arrested for physical and sexual assault | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Edgar Alvarado and Ruben Romero Mora, were instructors at 180° Recon in East Los Angeles and are accused of using excessive force in their dealings with kids who attended Camp Coulter.
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Another boot camp casualty.  :( -Lon

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Brains may be wired for addiction

Brains may be wired for addiction | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts, according to scientists.

Via Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer
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Doesn't this imply that addicts are not helpless victims, but somewhere, somehow have made choices that leads to their addiction? -Lon

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Summit Academy Schools for your child with Autism or ADHD in Ohio - Lost and Tired Blog

Summit Academy Schools for your child with Autism or ADHD in Ohio - Lost and Tired Blog | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

As a special needs parent, I know all too well the challenges faced by many of us on a daily basis. As a parent to three boys with special needs, I constantly worry about their future. I know that many of you out there, feel the same way.

There’s a reason I call this blog Lost and Tired.




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I'm learning there are all kinds of schools around the country dedicated to this unique population. -Lon

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Online High School, Fully Accredited | Park City Independent

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Fully accredited Online High School, full-time, part-time, or Individual class enrollment. Enroll today and start earning your High School Diploma Online!


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Top Students, Too, Aren't Always Ready for College - Chronicle of Higher Education

Top Students, Too, Aren't Always Ready for College - Chronicle of Higher Education | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Top Students, Too, Aren't Always Ready for College
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What's changed is that today, college readiness is more often a hot topic for educators and policy makers focused on at-risk students.

Via Lou Salza
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This result of students being bored and not challenged in traditional schools is one of the most common elements of students with behavioral and emtional problems that eventually need some kind of intervention and even residential placement. -Lon

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 12, 2013 1:43 PM

"...They have the grades and the test scores to be here," said my colleague, director of undergraduate studies in math at the Johns Hopkins University. "What they don't have is a deep understanding of why the techniques they've been taught work, the actual underlying mathematical relationships. They walk into to my classroom in September and don't have the study habits or proper foundation to do the work."

"....His concerns don't come as a complete surprise. As a former college professor, provost, and president, I've been hearing faculty and administrators at top undergraduate institutions quietly complain for more than three decades about the declining quality of student preparation.

Evidence suggests that academic talent is quite specifically diminished, not developed, by the school experience. A Fordham Institute study of how young American students testing in the 90th percentile or above fared over time found that roughly 30 to 50 percent of these advanced learners lost ground as they moved from elementary to middle school, or from middle to high school. And the focus on low­-achieving students in public schools has disproportionately left more smart minority and low-income kids behind, creating a well-documented "excellence gap."

It's easy to understand why such data are ignored; resources are needed elsewhere, most people believe, and many of these bright students shine. Indeed, the lucky ones have amazing pre-college opportunities.

Visit a summer program for talented and gifted students, and you'll see contradictions of claims that today's students aren't as well prepared as we were. But as I've come to understand, such programs continue to grow and thrive precisely because the kind of engagement, enthusiasm, and active group learning they provide is so hard to find in most classrooms. Yet supplementary work may not be enough, even for the fortunate few who qualify for accelerated, intensified programs and have, or are given, the means to participate...."

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Mindfulness Can Give Us An Emotional Boost

Mindfulness Can Give Us An Emotional Boost | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Adding to a growing body of research on the health benefits of mindfulness, a recent University of Utah study found that individuals with mindful personality traits exhibit more stable emotional patterns and report feeling more in control of their...
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Substance Abuse Increases Suicide Risk - Teen Drug Abuse and Addiction - Find Help for Teen Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse Increases Suicide Risk - Teen Drug Abuse and Addiction - Find Help for Teen Drug Abuse | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

People with substance abuse disorders are more than three times as likely to consider, plan or attempt suicide as are those who aren't engaging in substance abuse.

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Internet porn means birds 'n' bees talk comes earlier, says expert

Internet porn means birds 'n' bees talk comes earlier, says expert | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A father recently sat down to have "the talk" with his 10-year-old son. After he got through the basics on the birds and the bees, the boy asked, "Why do men wear masks when they're having sex?"

Though the father said he had parental controls engaged on his iPad, the son managed to find a fetish site depicting men in masks.

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Scientists Confirm that Memories of Music Are Stored in Different Part of Brain than Other Memories

Scientists Confirm that Memories of Music Are Stored in Different Part of Brain than Other Memories | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Researchers in Berlin studied a man who has lost all of his memories but has retained his ability to remember and learn songs.
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Why Addiction is NOT a Brain Disease (USA)

Why Addiction is NOT a Brain Disease (USA) | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

here are three main definitional categories for addiction: a disease, a matter of choice, and self-medication. There is some overlap among these meta-models, but each has unique implications for treatment, from the level of government policy to that of available options for individual sufferers.


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La Europa Academic Team-UT Receives Top Marks

La Europa Academic Team-UT Receives Top Marks | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The academic team at La Europa completed a recent accreditation by the Northwest Accreditation Committee, who came to conduct their external site visit on February 19, 2013.  The accreditation visi...
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U.N. Report Suggests Some Autism & Addiction Treatments Are Akin to Torture | TIME.com

U.N. Report Suggests Some Autism & Addiction Treatments Are Akin to Torture | TIME.com | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
So-called treatments for drug users and the disabled in some places of the world—including the U.S.— are far from helpful, says a new United Nations (U.N.) report. The U.N.
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