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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) April is Autism Awareness month, so here is a repeat of a past column. I hear the term autism spectrum disorder frequently. What exactly is an autism spectrum disorder? According to the National Institute for Mental Health, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 31st, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) I recently read about the Lego Life app–a free app that adheres to UNICEF online child safety standards–and serves as an introduction to social media for kids. In the app, kids and tweens can upload their creations, join challenges, and communicate […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 10th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) I recently found a new tool to help monitor your child’s screen time. It is from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Visit www.HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan to use the media-time calculator to estimate how long your child spends daily on various activities: homework, […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 24th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krurup-Joyce for the information in this column. Part one can be found here.) Supportive Strategies There are many strategies that parents and educators can use to help support students dealing with school refusal. These strategies work best when parents and schools partner together. Parents can set up regular […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 10th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) Each year, approximately 2-5 percent of children refuse to go to school due to anxiety or depression. Previously referred to as school phobia, school refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 3rd, 2017

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 13th, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story. To enlarge the type, use control +) Dear Chelsea Community, Happy New Year. Some kids (and adults) feel a little let-down after the holidays, so here are 105 fun celebrations for the whole year.

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 23rd, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information and photos of the cars in this column.) I have a great deck of mindfulness cards called Growing Mindful. Here are a few cards that you might like to try with your children. Between the holidays and our winter weather, it is good to […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 2nd, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) The “You Matter” campaign started as an initiative in the counseling department at Chelsea High School to help students recognize that they all matter. However, it has expanded to be a student-led celebration of art and community. The English Department is […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 13th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) I have heard from many families that they aren’t quite sure how to talk with their children about the election. I hope that this excerpt is from the National Association of School Psychologists will help. The 2016 election has been long […]

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