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November 2018 Issue

Say, I’ve heard mention of LSSPs.
Who are LSSPs?  What are their principles?

A Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) engages only in professional practices that maintain the dignity of all with whom they work.  We demonstrate respect for the autonomy of persons and their right to self-determination, respect for privacy, and a commitment to just and fair treatment of all persons to enhance learning and mental health of all children and youth.

An LSSP encourages and promotes parent participation in school decisions affecting their children.  Licensed Specialists in School Psychology use assessment techniques and practices that the profession considers to be responsible, research-based practice.  Children with suspected disabilities are assessed in all areas related to the suspected disability.  They actively pursue knowledge of the student’s disabilities and developmental, cultural, linguistic, and experiential background to help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  The LSSP’s commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of children is communicated to school administration, staff, and others as the highest priority in determining appropriate services and needs of the child.


Social-Emotional Learning

Relationships provide a foundation for learning while emotions affect how and what we learn.  Social and emotional learning (SEL) teaches children to recognize and understand their emotions, feel empathy, make decisions, and build and maintain relationships.  Research has shown that social and emotional development can be fostered, and social and emotional skills, attitudes, and behaviors can be taught to help improve classroom behavior, the ability to manage stress and depression and better attitudes about themselves, others and school.

LSSP’s may be utilized to assess social skill strengths and identify acquisition and performance deficits to help create adaptive curricula and learning strategies for children with disabilities. 

For more information, please visit www.casel.org

Local Autism Resources

It can often be challenging to find resources to help support families of individuals with autism.  More information for local resources including important waiting lists for services; parent training; local therapies and resources; recreation and leisure activities; and greater Houston therapies and resources can be found: Local AU Resources for Parents

LIVING IN THE MOMENT

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad.  It means living in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.  Mindfulness is used in meditation and certain kinds of therapy. It has many positive benefits, including lowering stress levels, reducing harmful ruminating, improving our overall health, and protecting against depression and anxiety.

Getting Started with Mindfulness 
Six Mindful Exercises 
Mindful Exercises 

Do you or anyone you know have an ANT problem?

When negative thoughts enter the mind without warning or invitation, they’re called Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs). Everyone experiences negative thoughts from time to time but when those thoughts become beliefs you know the ANTS are taking control!  ANTS can be particularly harmful to children and teens.

In his article titled 5 Ways to Help Students Combat Negative Thoughts author Keith Rowe identified 9 types of ANTs:

  1. “All or Nothing” Thinking– Thoughts that are all good or all bad.
  2. “Always” Thinking– Thinking in words like always, never, no one, everyone, every time, everything.
  3. Focusing on The Negative– Only seeing the bad in a situation.
  4. Fortune Telling– Predicting the worst possible outcome to a situation with little or no evidence for it.
  5. Mind Reading– Believing that you know what another person is thinking even though they haven’t told you.
  6. Thinking with Your Feelings– Believing negative feelings without ever questioning them.
  7. Guilt Beatings– Thinking in words like should, must, ought, or have to.
  8. Labeling– Attaching a negative label to yourself or someone else.
  9. Blame– Blaming someone else for your problems

Follow the links below to learn more about ANTs and how to get rid of them:
Automatic Negative Thoughts
How to Stop Negative Thoughts
5 Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts

Do you suspect your child may have ADHD?

Any child can have moments of being inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive. Children with ADHD, however, experience these symptoms repeatedly and in a way that is severe enough to have an impact at home, at school, or in social situations.

ADHD can manifest in several ways including:

  • ADHD Hyperactivity/Impulsive: The biggest sign of hyperactivity is the constant need to be moving, especially during activities that the child truly enjoys.
  •  ADHD Inattention: Easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another.
  •  ADHD Combined: Symptoms of both Hyperactivity/Impulsive and Inattention are displayed.

Helpful Tips for Parents of a Child with ADHD

1.    Stay positive and healthy yourself

2.    Establish structure and stick to it

3.    Set clear expectations and rules

4.    Encourage movement and sleep

5.    Help your child eat nutritious meals

6.    Teach your child how to make friends

For more information:
ADHD Parenting Tips
Children with ADHD


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