Category : Classroom

Back to School Tips for Teens

Para mirar el articulo en Español favor de continuar mas abajo de la pajina. It seemed like just yesterday, Annabelle was anxiously awaiting the final school bell to ring for summer vacation. Annabelle loves summer. She especially enjoys the break

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Back To School Tips for Parents and Caregivers

…32 days 5 hours and 42 minutes! Are you counting down? Maybe counting down the days, hours and minutes until the chaos ends and you have your house back! Or are you counting down the hours until you have to

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Spreads with Help from CSULB Social Work Students

The following comes from Teri Gartner, a recent Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), after she and her student group trained with Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, clinical therapist and developer and lead of our

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Navigating the IEP Process, Pt 2: On to the Main Course

Jack is a 9-year-old boy in 4th grade that loves Legos, wrestling, and art. He would love to draw comic books when he grows up. He is competitive (especially with soccer), but also compassionate, is a helpful big brother to

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Take the Stress Out of Going Back to School

As summer vacation comes to an end, it’s typical for children – and parents – to feel anxious about transitioning back into the school routine. Advanced preparation can reduce some of those negative feelings and actually make going back to

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Navigating the IEP Process, Pt 1: Let’s Get This Party Started

When I am getting to know a family for the first time, I will invariably ask the question “does your child have an IEP?” and they will almost always give me one of two answers: “What’s an IEP?” or “Ugh,

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How to Identify & Help Students with Mental Health Conditions

Kayla Caceres (left), Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Intensive Services; Bernice Contreras (right), Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Intensive Services; and Enrique Martinez (not pictured), Associate Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach Outpatient presented at YMCA of Greater

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Five Ways to Create a Trauma-Informed Classroom Pt. 2

This blog post is continued from Five Ways to Create a Trauma-Informed Classroom Pt. 1. To read part one, click here. Understanding how trauma impacts developing brains and applying that knowledge with love are key components of the trauma-informed model.

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Five Ways to Create a Trauma-Informed Classroom Pt. 1

  Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma, reports National Survey of Children’s Health (NHCS).     Studies show trauma is toxic to children’s developing brains and inhibits their ability to learn in the

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What does trauma-informed mean?

A child sets his head down on his desk. He just can’t seem to focus on the teacher or the instruction she is giving to the class. An outsider might perceive this student’s actions as a lack of motivation or

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