Zendaya Uses Social Media to Push Positive Body Image June 23, 2016
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Disney star Zendaya--known for her role in the show Shake It Up--spoke about her influence on positive body image among young people. She spoke about how determined she is to speak out about the media’s unfair portrayal of the “perfect body” and ridiculous standards for beauty. Zendaya has become a strong advocate for body positivity and forming a positive body image. Social media can promote positive body image As...
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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Mood Changes in Teens June 22, 2016
Teenagers’ minds and bodies are still developing until their early 20’s. To promote healthy development, they need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, which is well above the normal average for adults. With technology today, getting enough sleep can be difficult. There are constant distractions available to prevent us from getting the recommended eight hours a night. Sleep deprivation can affect attention, daily functioning, and mood changes in teens. A recent article by...
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That’s a First: Royal Appears in Gay Magazine to Discuss LGBT Bullying June 22, 2016
Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry are beginning a mental health awareness campaign called “Heads Together Campaign”. To begin the campaign, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, became the first of the royal family to be interviewed and photographed for the cover of a gay magazine. In the magazine, Attitude, he spoke about LGBT bullying as a top issue in the campaign for mental illness awareness. The Guardian recently wrote an article outlining the...
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Parenting Tips: Improving Self-Esteem in Teens June 20, 2016
Causes of Low Self-Esteem and Techniques for Improving Self-Esteem in Teens In high school, teens develop a more concrete sense of their self-image and self-worth. It is not uncommon for teens to have issues with low self-esteem or self-image. Teens can develop self-esteem issues due to a variety of reasons. As a parent, it is important to know common causes of low self-esteem and ways of improving self-esteem in teens. The Huffington Post recently discussed some...
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Teen Stress and More Can Be Treated With Animal Therapy June 17, 2016
Psychology Today recently published an article discussing the effect “animal assisted interventions”--otherwise known as animal assisted therapy--has on issues like teen stress. Mainly anecdotal evidence supports that animals have healing qualities for those struggling with disabilities, trauma, and more, but hard research has begun to support it also. Decreasing teen stress and more with animals A great example of animals relieving young adult and teen stress is something many college campuses have been doing lately: bringing...
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A New Way of Developing Social Skills: Leka the Tiny Robot June 17, 2016
Who knew that the next great treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) would be a tiny, adorable, round robot? No, I’m not talking about BB-8 from the new Star Wars movie--this robot’s name is Leka. Live Science recently published an article discussing Leka’s importance in helping individuals with ASD with developing social skills. Leka’s mission is to engage with children with developmental disorders and help them start developing social skills. The creators of the tiny robot...
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Therapeutic Horseback Riding Being Used as Form of Therapy June 15, 2016
Equine therapy is a recently popular form of therapy that uses therapeutic horseback riding and animal interaction. It uses horse physiology and psychology to help regulate and heal human physiology and psychology. Therapeutic horseback riding is being used to treat patients dealing with mental disorders, behavioral disorders, and trauma. The use of therapeutic horseback riding has not only been helping patients, but also therapist in better understanding specific needs and techniques based on patient’s equine therapy...
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Importance of Art Education for Autism June 15, 2016
Importance of Art Education: The Arts Build Social Skills in Kids with Autism Recently, schools have been integrating students with high-functioning Autism into traditional classrooms. While this provides an abundance of benefits for autistic children and their peers, there can be challenges in regards to social interactions. Many people today, argue that there isn’t an importance of art education within school curriculum. People think that students only need to learn the basic fundamental skills such as,...
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Three tips to diffuse an Angry Teen June 15, 2016
There are a few tricks to help diffuse an angry teen, counselors from all over the nation share their top tips and advice to help parents in tough situations. The first and most important piece of advice is to make sure yourself and the teen are not in a place where physical harm may come to you or them.  These tips are focused much more on teens that are emotionally angry and not threatening you, themselves,...
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Reform School: A Relic of the Past June 11, 2016
Reform school was a last option for bad behavior back in the last 19th and early 20th century. Parents now have better options than reform school where teens can find long term solutions. The list below runs through parent options and the sort of teens they treat.  There are pros and cons to every option and weighing what you are looking for is the most important part of the process.  Are you looking for a long...
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