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Social media and school crises

A new resource from NASP provides a number of worthwhile and important guidelines for the use of social media during school crises.  Although no one wants to think such things might happen at their school, being prepared is the best strategy at all times.  We hope your school has a well-defined emergency plan!

Autism Speaks releases a new mission statement

An article in disabilityscoop describes the change in emphasis of the advocacy group, Autism Speaks, and how it has evolved into a new mission statement.  Interesting reframing of the focus of the group.

Self-injury resources

Cornell University has a very informative website on Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources which looks like an excellent source of information for school psychologists.  Please check it out.

Teaching teens to deal with social stress

Another article from the New York Times describes a program developed at the University of Austin   which uses simple exercises to promote more flexible thinking around social conflicts and problems. The results appear to be quite amazing – easy to implement and very effective in the long run.  It might be worth looking into in your districts.

4 traits that put teens at risk for addiction

A new Canadian program from the University of Montreal, Preventure, reported in the New York Times, is proving to be very promising in terms of early identification of personailty traits that lend themselves to the development of addictive behaviours in teens. Further testing is planned, in several countries, but early identification is the shortest route to prevention!

More on the homework debate…

A new article from Associated Press looks again at the arguments surrounding the homework issue.  Experts weigh in, as well as educators, and the opinions are varied, for sure.  What are your thoughts?  What’s happening in your districts/schools?

Outdoor play and social skills

A recent report from StatsCanada, cited by CBC news, suggests that kids who play more outside have fewer problems with peers.  It sounds like outdoor play is a win-win for kids – better lifestyle and better social lives!  The implications are obvious.