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St. John’s Episcopal School Olney, MD
by Neal Brown, Green Acres School, Head of School
We know about the rise of ADHD diagnoses among school age children. We read about the rise of standardized testing in schools across the country—and about the pressures that these tests put on educators to have children spend more time in academic classes than in PE, music, and arts classes, or outside at recess, or engaged in interactive, project-based learning experiences. Despite years of research to the contrary, we still somehow believe that having kids sitting and listening is still the most effective way for them to learn. And we discount the vital role that PE and the arts have in developing children’s brains.
Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, wrote this three-part series for the Post. Aside from chronicling the way in which inactivity negatively impacts kids’ ability to learn, Ms. Hanscom actually spent a full day in a middle school. She found the experience—which many middle school students across the country experience every day—intolerable and excruciating. The inactivity led this adult (with no known attention deficits) to fidget and to lose her focus, not to mention the impact it had on her desire to learn overall, or even to return for a second day! READ MORE
by Dr. Lisa Lenhart, Ph.D.; Child Psychologist
Navigating the complexities of social relationships has always been difficult, but never more so than in today’s more complicated society in which families often move, children are involved in multiple activities, and free time is at a premium. Children who have a harder time developing friendships are at risk for anxiety, depression, and acting out behaviors.
In contrast, children who have learned the art of making and keeping friends tend to do better in school, feel better about themselves, and are better able to weather negative experiences. Thus, the ability to develop friendships with peers is related to resiliency. For younger children, one of the skills that facilitates the development of friends is the capacity to join in a group of children who are engaged in play; for older children, this skills translates more into being able to become involved in conversations that are taking place between peers. A key component to being able to do this is to size up the situation (what game are they playing? What topic is being discussed?) in order to most easily be able to join in the ongoing interaction.
Another important skill is the ability to engage in give and take in relationships; rather than always going along with others or always insisting that things be done their way, children who are successful at making friends can switch between these two general approaches to peers. Conflict is something many of us avoid. However, in close relationships, conflict is inevitable and an important skill in friendship maintenance is conflict resolution. Being able to resolve disputes, minor or otherwise is also an important skill for all areas of life; talking with your child about situations that were difficult to resolve and problem solving various ways the conflict could have been handled will provide your child with greater flexibility in future interactions, with friends but also with co-workers and employers. Having empathy and understanding another person’s perspective allows children to respond most kindly and supportively to their friends. READ MORE