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Lisa Allmendinger on December 8th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Frequently in my job I find myself helping students sort out friendship issues. Inevitably, students will argue about who plays with whom at recess. It usually goes something like this: Friend A wants to play with both Friends B and C, but B and C don’t like each other, and don’t want […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 24th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce I recently participated in a webinar on executive functioning presented by Jack Naglieri, Ph.D. I thought I’d share a great strategy that you can use with your child to build executive functioning. First of all, what is executive functioning? Executive Functioning (EF) is a basic psychological process commonly known as planning. In […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 10th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Screen time includes watching videos, movies, and TV. It also includes playing games on any electronic device – TV, cell phone, iPad, gaming systems, computer, etc. Screen time for children under age 3 has been linked to irregular sleep patterns and delayed language acquisition. Sleep disturbances in older children have also been […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Dear Chelsea Community: I found this really good article entitled “Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents who do These 9 Things”. I’ve summarized it below: Don’t tell them they can be anything they want. Instead steer them into well-paying professions where there will be a shortage of workers. (Healthcare and […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 6th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Dear Chelsea Community: In light of the Las Vegas shooting, I want to share a very good article prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to your children about violence. I hope this will help guide you when difficult questions come up. Please let me know how […]

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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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