Unplug and Create Time for Unstructured, Outdoor Play

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By Patti Duckworth, Lower School Counselor “Kids, go outside and play!” Do you remember hearing those words as you were growing up? As it turns out, our parents were right! Spending time playing outside actually enhances brain development and the overall health of our children. According to the book, The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development In Children, a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that children ages 8 to…

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Don’t Let Worry Get in the Way

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By Lisa Mercurio, School Psychologist; US Academic Support Coordinator Last week at the monthly PTPA general meeting, the division School Psychologists (Lisa Picha, Karen Fritchley and myself) along with Dr. Dana Lasek, Psychologist and Park Tudor parent, provided a talk on the topic of anxiety. The title of the presentation was “Don’t Let Worry Get in the Way: Strategies across Divisions to Support the Anxious Student.” In an effort to share this information with the…

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When to Keep Your Child Home from School

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By Cokie Scheidler, RN, BSN, School Nurse With the cold and flu season in full force, it is often difficult to know if your child is too sick to come to school. According to kidshealth.org, the biggest question to ask yourself is, “Can my child still participate in school activities?” If your child has been up all night coughing or with an upset stomach, then the child will be too tired and not feel like…

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New Screen Time Rules from the AAP

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By Lisa Mercurio, School Psychologist Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new guidelines regarding children’s screen time and social media usage. According to an article on cnn.com, “The academy recommends that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day. For kids ages 6 and older, parents can determine the restrictions for time spent using screen, as well as monitor the types of…

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How Can I Study Better?

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By Lisa Picha, School Psychologist, Lower School “Studying isn’t just about passing an exam, as most students look at it as. Studying is an effort to actually learn things, some of which you might actually care about. So while you’ll have to take your share of classes that have little or nothing to do with your interests, you should still look for interesting things to take away from every experience.” (Grohol, 2016, p2) With that…

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