ADHD in the Classroom

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”  These...

Youth and Stereotypes

So often I hear adults commenting on today’s youth in a negative manner: too much technology, lazy, playing with silly toys, disrespectful, revealing clothing, selfish, entitled, the list goes on and on.  Youth hear these negative stereotypes constantly, and it...

The Blame Game

While attending the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) conference in Nashville this year, there was a fascinating session on blame. The presenting researchers, Dr. Isaac Karikari and Dr. James R. Brown had conducted a study on school climate in which...

Got the blues? Feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes we find that when the seasons change, or the holidays come bounding into our lives we start to feel like our stress level is on the rise or going through the roof. We can’t seem to pinpoint why there may be an increase in why we feel overwhelmed, down, or...

What is PBIS?

PBIS seems to be the new thing everyone is talking about in schools, and even though it can be a popular topic of discussion, it is sometimes difficult to know what it really is.  PBIS  stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and its goal is to...

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

This week I wanted to shed some light on three important topics, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue can impact our lives tremendously if not taken care of.  Self-Care is one way to be preventive and proactive in your mental...

Building Self Confidence

So many children and teens are affected by poor self image, low self esteem, and lack of self confidence.  It is so important that the development of high self esteem and positive self image is fostered in the school setting, because there is no guarantee that it is...