The Right Way to E-mail Teachers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Open communication between teachers, their students, and parents is one of the keys for students doing well in classes. Many parents rely on e-mail as a quick and efficient way of maintaining communication with teachers. However, the communication between home and school can quickly get sidetracked when parents send e-mails to teachers like the one below. “My child just told me you wouldn’t accept her…

Combatting Social Anxiety in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You should really sign up for the musical. You have such a good voice,” said a teenage girl to her friend. Her friend nodded in agreement but said, “I don’t think I can. I just get too nervous even thinking about it.” “But that is what you always say,” replied the girl. “You never take a chance or even do anything new.” A lot of…

Monitoring Kids in Digital Age

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A ping goes off as the mother glances down at her smart phone and notices that her son just lost a behavior point in his class. She makes a mental note to talk him about it when he gets home from school. Later in the day, while the mother is waiting in line, she checks to see what her son had to eat at school.…

Bounce House Safety for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Bounce house!” screamed the little girl as she sprinted out towards the inflatable that had recently appeared in her yard. Several children were hot on her heels and soon shouts of joy could be heard from the bounce house. This was quickly replaced by the sound of crying as the little girl came crawling out. “Those big boys came and landed on me and hurt…

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