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Common Causes of Anxiety & Depression in School-Aged Children

Uncategorized Aug 20, 2020

Imagine a child who is doing well in school, has friends, doesn’t complain about attending and then that child experiences the loss of a family member or starts getting teased frequently or starts to notice something about themselves that is different from their peers or anything else that comes up with children regularly and slowly that sadness, frustration, worry or whatever feeling they have starts to grow. Now imagine they have no idea who to talk to, what to say, what is normal, how people will react and their fears grow. They start living with this internal pain. Maybe they say something and it doesn’t make a difference. Maybe someone tells them it isn’t a big deal or in some way, they don’t feel heard, validated or normal. So they react. Maybe they act out, maybe they isolate, maybe they hurt themselves or others, maybe they throw themselves into doing something perfectly and obsessively. Maybe they try to resolve it in another unhealthy way that fuels...

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Offering Parents a NEW Perspective on School Failures in the COVID Era

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

The COVID impact 

Many parents are concerned about the return to school this upcoming fall. Whether that means in-person teaching, hybrid instruction, or fully remote, there come a multitude of worries and fear associated with this endeavor; and rightfully so! COVID-19 had sprung many surprises and sharp turns upon all of us (parents, educators, students etc.) regarding how all versions of education had progressed in the spring. As discussed in our last blog post, educators were put under immense pressure to entirely alter lesson plans and deliver content to their students in unprecedented ways. With no training, preparation time, or practice with such methods, teachers felt enormous levels of stress to keep their students learning at even a minimal level through new mediums. Students, on the other hand, were forced to accept this significantly modified method of learning which presented new challenges such as time management, attentive troubles, self-discipline, isolation, and...

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The Dilemma That Educators Face With Reopening Schools

COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected each person in their own way and has caused significant interruptions to our daily, normal lives as we once knew them. Healthcare professionals and frontline workers became recognized and appreciated more than ever, and have contributed to the resilience our society has developed from the pandemic. On a different token, there are other professions that have undergone different yet profound struggles, who may have been underheard; one of them being educators. 

A Virtual Reality - Both Literally and Figuratively  

Teachers, school support professionals and other members of the education system could not have anticipated the intense, stressful, and seemingly unrealistic transition to remote learning. One day teachers were standing in front of their classes (with no masks!), saying “see you next week!”, and then the next day they were being told they would not return to their classrooms. Teachers are natural-born leaders who...

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How To Go From Gaslighting To Attunement With Our Kids

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2020

We have all been treated unfairly and maybe even experienced manipulation. Power and control dynamics play a part in everything we do, sometimes to our advantage and sometimes at our disadvantage. More vulnerable people are more likely to be taken advantage of than stronger, more confident and grounded people. Most times, we aren’t even aware it is happening to us until later on when we can see things more clearly. Kids fall into a vulnerable group just by the nature of their developing cognition as do people with disabilities, the elderly and people with varying mental health conditions already. However, our goal is to level the playing field for children so that we don’t incidentally harm anyone’s emotional health, such as low self-confidence, unhealthy relationships, inhibited independence, and so on. 

The term that has gained a lot of popularity around this is, “Gaslighting”. It is a term used to describe a form of manipulation imposed upon...

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How Do We Teach Children to be "Culturally Competent?"

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2020

There is no way to erase the past filled with all the wrongdoings and injustices that have occurred. Unfortunately, pain cannot be taken away or forgotten. With all of the recent events that our country has experienced relating to racial discrimination, our country is in a state of distress. We are upset, confused, angry, horrified, and disturbed. But most importantly, we are still motivated. We have responded and demonstrated unity on so many fronts the past couple weeks. Whether this be protesting, educating ourselves or others, sympathizing with victims, or uniting with the grand movement, we have decided there must be change going forward. 

There are so many preventative and long-term methods of change to eradicate racial biases and discrimination. Mind the Class has recognized many developmental methods that aim to prevent these evolving biases that lead to discrimination. One means of achieving this is becoming culturally competent, and raising our children to be so...

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Will My Child’s Anxiety About Coronavirus Turn Into a Bigger Issue of Health Anxiety?

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

What is it?

Anxiety is a very real and common issue among so many people. With the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus), and the phased re-opening of many businesses, for some people, their anxiety has not been alleviated. In fact, some children are significantly suffering from anxiety - adults too! While anxiety is an innate and functional response to certain survival-based events (fight, flight or freeze), there comes a point to where it becomes excessive and detrimental to overall health and well-being. However, we have learned that there are many tools and methods to manage it. 

What is normal?

The Coronavirus has caused our daily routines and recreational activities to come to a sudden halt, and we were told we could not leave our house... These, on top of all COVID-19 health threats, are bound to cause some disturbance and stress. Although we are slowly turning the corner toward a sense of normalcy, it can still stir up anxiety in regards to getting sick,...

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Making a Different in a Child's Mental Health - Why Mind the Class

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2020

This isn’t a story I had planned on sharing. I would prefer to focus on finding out your story and the story of the kids you support every day. But I want you to know that this is personal to me as well and I have a deep understanding of the struggle and I am hoping to shift the playing field.

There are a lot of true entrepreneurs out there who start off their careers building companies with a strong sense of purpose and leadership. That wasn’t the case for me. Although I had always been told “you need to run your own company,” it wasn’t said for those reasons (smirk). It was because of my strong-willed nature that anyone who has worked with me knows well. That will is fueled by a deep passion to get it right and do what’s best to help as many people as possible. I always ran up against restrictions to that vision as I spent the last 16 years + mostly in non-profit organizations focused on social-emotional and behavioral health and trauma. But...

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