As we come to the last few weeks of a very unique and challenging school year, it is a great time to be aware of our own, and our children’s, mental health. We have seen here at Aspen Academy what schools are seeing nationwide, an increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. What I like to tell our students is that there are no “bad” feelings, all feelings are there for a reason, it is how we are able to manage those feelings that can be healthy or lead to more challenges. Read on for resources to support you and your students.
Family Resources for Mental Health
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- Children and Adults with ADD and ADHD
- A Podcast - Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
- The Child Development Institute
- The Help Guide - Trusted Guide to Mental Health and Wellness
- Psychology Today
- Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
- Thought Leadership and Strengths-Based Approach to ADHD
- Website for lists of therapists in Denver
- Online Magazine – Inside the ADD Mind
- Website Celebrating Learning Differences
- Learning Ally – Strategies for Different Learning Styles
- Learning Strategies for the Adolescent Learner
- Mind Shift – Contemporary Reads on the Developing Mind
- National Association of Independent Schools
- The Future of K-12 Education – Grant Lichtman
- The Inspired Treehouse – Strategies and Tips for Parenting the Developing Child
”While tweens and young teens are growing in all areas, in none is it more obvious than their social/emotional development. These changes coincide with the transition to middle school, which demarcates the shift to adolescence as we think of it. Understanding this complicated time will help you best guide your child through it.
Cindy Hewatt addresses some of the common challenges for middle school students and how parents might respond to support their students during tough times.
With the Winter Break upon us, parents often look for ways to keep their students entertained and productive! Need a break from your cabin fever? The game suggestions below come from our Middle School Interventionist, Justin Wimbish.