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"Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades — and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys. The scholars attributed this 'misalignment' to differences in “noncognitive skills”: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, the ability to sit still and work independently. As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys. No previous study, to my knowledge, has demonstrated that the well-known gender gap in school grades begins so early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores." | by Christina Hoff Sommers
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Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions....
While teaching skills like empathy, active listening and collaborative problem solving, schools are simultaneously preventing unhealthy, high risk behaviors including school violence...
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by Jennifer Miller
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The child or teen who is “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who is depressed and apathetic has become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to be struggling academically and socially.
More than one-third of U.S. children and teens have been physically assaulted -- mostly by siblings and peers -- in the past year, a new study finds.
Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.
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'When measurement became the instrument of accountability, testing companies prospered and schools suffered. I have watched this happen for several years now. I have slowly withdrawn my intellectual commitment to the field of measurement. Recently I asked my dean to switch my affiliation from the measurement program to the policy program.'
One in 68 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. That’s really common. Autism isn’t exactly something parents want to find in their child—so it’s understandable that parents might feel uneasy about looking for it.
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Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that virtually all young people benefit from a clean, solid, several-week long break (link is external) from interactive screen-time. By removing all unnecessary electronic devices, children, teens and young adults exhibit a more relaxed and even mood, better focus, deeper sleep and improved functioning in the realms of school or work, home life, and social relationships.[*] In fact, much of the time, progress is limited until this factor is addressed, especially now that tech overuse is so ubiquitous.
To kick off the Back-to-School season, Lands' End is partnering with the Child Mind Institute to bring moms and dads the latest information on parenting and child development, enabling them to get back into the new school year with ease. This organization shares Lands' End's passion for raising strong, compassionate, curious kids and supporting their families.
The UNESCO child and family research centre at NUI Galway recommends that we teach children empathy in schools
Greed is dead. Empathy is in. The opening lines of Frans De Waal's renowned book, 'The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society,' show us the new way of thinking. No longer can we protest that 'It's dog eat dog out there; Darwin made me do it!' Instead, De Waal argues that we have completely overstated the human instinct for selfishness and that most of us are really quite nice.
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hildren tend to fear the unknown, and visiting the dentist is no different.
Following the voluntary surrender of Jacksonville dentist Dr. Howard Schneider’s license and pending class-action suit after accusations that he mistreated young patients, some parents are worried about leaving children alone in the care of medical professionals. They have taken to cautioning others via social media about their children’s experience with health care providers.
One such post has been particularly active, with 158 responses on Facebook sharing one man’s experience with a Gainesville dentist, and how he disagreed with the practice’s policy.
On May 11, Max Danford, 59, of Archer, Florida, took his 10-year-old grandson, Eli Danford, to visit Dr. Bertram Hughes of Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Gainesville to fill a cavity. He said he was concerned when Hughes’ office staff refused to let him accompany his grandson into the exam room.
“He was nervous, as everyone is when they visit the dentist,” Danford said. “He wanted me to go back with him.”
Danford said Hughes and his staff told him it was office policy not to allow adults in the exam room with children, but he said they did not explain why their policy is this way.
After an exchange of words, according to Danford, Hughes advised him and his grandson to leave the office. The cavity remained unfilled.
Danford turned to Facebook to voice his concerns about his grandson’s visit with Hughes. He posted to a Facebook group called Gainesville Word of Mouth and attracted more than 150 comments, some from parents who had expressed similar concerns with Hughes and other pediatric or family dentists in the area.
Donna Hicks of Gainesville, was among the many parents who commented on Danford’s Facebook post. She wrote that her husband had a similar experience with Hughes’ office.
Hick’s husband, Mike, took their 3-year-old son, Daniel, and 9-year-old daughter, Laila, to Hughes in April 2015 for a regular dental cleaning. This was the first time their son had ever been to see a dentist.
“My son is only 3. He can’t tell me what happened in the room,” Hicks said. “Even in a doctor’s office you are allowed back with your child.”
Danford said he filed a grievance against Hughes with his insurance company, Staywell, on May 12. Liberty Dental Plan, a subcontractor for Staywell, said no such claim had been filed as of July 1. Danford filed a grievance with Staywell again, on July 1, about his dissatisfaction with what he said was the rude treatment he and his grandson received from Hughes and his office staff.
In a letter dated July 8, Staywell said it would review the grievance filed by Danford and respond within 60 days of receiving the request. Danford had not heard from Staywell about the grievance at the time of publishing. The letter went on to say Danford has the right to ask for a Medicaid Fair Hearing.
Hicks said she has not yet filed a claim against Hughes, but plans to do so.
The Florida Department of Health collects any complaints filed against a health care provider. Hughes has no public complaints or disciplinary actions on file, according to the department’s website. Hughes also has no complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau or Florida Board of Dentistry.
The Florida Board of Dentistry is the state agency that leads investigations surrounding complaints. According to Moore Communications Group Senior Director, Liz Shawen, the Florida Board of Dentistry does not collect data surrounding these complaints because it is not a violation for dentists to not allow parents to be present during their children’s dental exams.
According to the the Florida Department of Health’s fiscal year 2013-2014 annual report, it received 977 complaints against dentists for reasons unknown. This number is the fourth highest number of complaints filed with the department, following medical doctors, certified nursing assistants and registered nurses.
Dr. Hughes, who has practiced dentistry for 25 years, declined to be interviewed for this story, but he did provide comment via e-mail:
“Due to HIPPA concerns we really aren’t able to completely discuss the gentleman’s post,” he wrote. He [Danford] is not telling you the full story, nor did he post a truly accurate account of events. Due to privacy laws, it’s often difficult for healthcare providers to respond to one-sided accounts posted on various sites on the internet.”
No Global Policy
Pediatric dentist and national spokesperson for American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Carlos Bertot, said there is no state or federal guideline that requires any dentist to allow or deny a parent to be present during a procedure; it is up to the individual dentist.
“The primary reason for not allowing the parent back or to be present during the delivery of care is because, in general, children will behave better and be more cooperative in the parent’s absence,” Bertot said.
He said the same can be said about teachers, caregivers and counselors.
However, Bertot said he does allow parents to accompany their children during procedures, if necessary.
After reaching out to a dozen dentist’s offices in North Central Florida, half say they allow parents to be present during routine dental procedures. Two offices said they do not allow parents to be present for reasons including parents getting in the way of the dentist and needing the child’s full attention. The other four offices did not respond.
Dr. Rondre Baluyot, of Oaks Family Dentistry in Gainesville, uses a large room for young patients to accommodate the parents and sometimes an entire family. Hannah Runge/WUFT News
Dr. Rondre Baluyot of Oaks Family Dentistry in Gainesville, who does allow parents to accompany their children into the exam room, said it’s important for parents to know the dentist has the authority in the exam room. This ensures the procedure goes well. If both the parent and the doctor try to give the child direction, it can confuse the child and prolong the procedure.
“I try to be a partner with the parent,” Baluyot said.
Baluyot offers “happy visits” for his young patients to feel out the atmosphere of the office. The visits are specifically designed to desensitize a first-time dental patient and lessen their fear of the dentist.
He is known for his character voices, a technique he uses to keep the visits fun and relaxing for his young patients. Baluyot’s office staff will, on occasion, dress up as Disney characters, such as Frozen’s Elsa.
Dr. Julie Russo, president of the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, said pediatric dentists have two additional years of training and are specially trained in behavior management techniques. The techniques vary and are used to help children cope during their dental visits.
“All patients are different and one method may work well for one child, by may not work with another. Once a parent chooses a pediatric dentist for their child, office policies and procedures should be discussed prior to the first dental appointment,” Russo said.
According to the AAPD’s Guideline on Behavior Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient, “Relationship and communication problems between parents and doctors, such as perceived lack of care or not taking enough time to explain a procedure, have played a prominent role in the initiation of malpractice actions.” The guideline also states, “Occasionally, the presence of a parent has a negative effect on the communication between the child and the dentist. Each practitioner has the responsibility to determine communication and support methods that best optimize treatment.”
Bertot said parents should trust their instincts and if something doesn’t sit well with them; they should seek out another dentist.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the patient and what is best for that patient.”
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