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Multicultural Guidelines developed by APA

APA’s Council of Representatives Multicultural Guidelines Task Force Members have completed their comprehensive work. The Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality, 2017, are now available on the APA website at    These will be helpful to Canadian school psychologists as well.

Teens with diabetes experience stress, social stigma

A new study from McGill University, cited in EurekAlert, draws attention to a population of students whom school psychologists and teachers might not readily identify as needing extra support.  Students with Type 1 diabetes face a number of medical challenges over and above normal school pressures, and may experience social stigma, as well.  It is a population we should be aware of, and ready to serve.

Sleep loss impacts teen girls more than boys

A new Canadian study from l’Université du Québec en Outaouais, cited in EurekAlert, looked at self-reported effects of lack of sleep on school alertness in high school boys and girls.  Girls were more impacted during all times of the day, and sleepiness interfered with their ability to focus and learn.  Sleep hygiene, clearly, should be a focus for health classes in high schools.

Parents’ traumatic childhood experiences impact their children’s health

A new study from Drexel University, published in Pediatrics and reported in EurekAlert, looked at the relationship between parents’ reported traumatic experiences in their youth and the relationship to health issues like asthma and other poor health issues in their children.  Although not clearly established as to cause, the study points to the need to further study the impact of inter-generational trauma.

Anxiety is a difficult disorder to treat

A study from the University of Connecticut, cited in EurekAlert, followed a large number of children and teens diagnosed with anxiety disorder for four years post treatment, with either CBT or medications.  Their findings indicate that only 20% of those receiving treatment of either sort experienced long-term relief from their symptoms.  The researchers concluded that a single intervention isn’t sufficient to treat anxiety effectively, and that a more comprehensive mental health approach is required.  This is important information for school psychologists and for parents of these kids.

Traveling with autistic children

A recent article in the Globe and Mail addresses challenges parents may face when traveling with their autistic children, and why social stories may not be helpful.  Resources developed by one Mom, which are on-line, may be helpful to your clients.

Do “growth mindset” interventions really work?

New research from Michigan State University and Case Western Reserve University, cited in EurekAlert, looked at a number of studies pairing growth mindset interventions with academic improvement and found no substantial relationship.  Given the popularity of these interventions in schools, the authors suggest that it might be wise to look for clear research evidence of their efficacy!  What do you think?  Are these interventions used in your schools?

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