Challenges in the Transition to Middle School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was concerned about her daughter. She had become anxious and was having trouble falling asleep for the past week. In addition, her daughter had been experiencing nightmares. All of the difficulties seemed to be due to her daughter starting 6th grade and beginning middle school. Anxiety about entering middle school is common as children ready themselves for a major transition in their educational experience.…

Teacher-Child Pre-K Relations Predict Peer Victimization

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This School Mental Health Minute episode focuses on how teacher-child relationships in pre-K predict children who will be victimized by classmates.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhbw-L_s4Q&feature=youtu.be We are featuring a journal article this week titled Teacher-child relationship, child withdrawal and aggression in the development of peer victimization. Young children can be targeted by their classmates starting in pre-kindergarten. Researchers have focused on the role of children’s peers in…

Keeping Communication Lines Open with Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“So, how was your day? Anything exciting happen?” asked the mother as she picked up her daughter from school. Her teenage daughter grunted as she got into the car, “Just the usual. Nothing ever happens.” Once the car started moving, the daughter put in her earbuds and started texting with her friends. The mother silently started the drive home. Something happens to children when they…

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