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Skateboarding Helps Youth Manage Trauma

Skateboarding has been found to have therapeutic benefits for individuals dealing with trauma, according to a recent article in Jenkem Magazine. By providing a safe outlet for self-expression and a sense of control over one’s body, skateboarding can be an effective tool for processing and coping with emotional pain. Organizations like Skate After School have recognized the benefits of skateboarding as a means of therapy for children who have experienced trauma. The program allows children to express themselves freely and build confidence while skateboarding in a safe, supportive environment. In addition to its emotional benefits, skateboarding can also promote mindfulness… Read More »Skateboarding Helps Youth Manage Trauma

Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”

When a child makes a serious threat, it shouldn’t be dismissed as just idle talk. Parents, teachers, or other adults should immediately talk with the child. If it is determined that the child is at risk and/or the child refuses to talk, is argumentative, responds defensively, or continues to express violent or dangerous thoughts or plans, arrangements should be made for an immediate assessment by a mental health professional with experience evaluating children and adolescents. Evaluation of any serious threat must be done in the context of the individual child’s past behavior, personality, and current stressors. In an emergency situation… Read More »Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”

How to Teach Young Children Coping Skills

Coping skills are the strategies and techniques individuals use to manage stress and difficult emotions. Teaching coping skills is an essential aspect of mental health education and can help individuals better navigate challenging situations. This article will explore some of the best teaching methods for coping skills and the research supporting their effectiveness.