Repeating words, re-reading passages aloud, re-writing notes, or visualizing or drawing information all help the brain retain data. Even if your teen is just re-reading notes, offer to quiz him or her, focusing on any facts or ideas that are proving troublesome. Encourage your teen to do practice problems in math or science. If the material is beyond your abilities, recommend seeking help from a classmate or the teacher, or consider connecting with a tutor some schools have free peer-to-peer tutoring programs.
And remember that getting a good night's sleep is smarter than cramming. Recent studies show that students who sacrifice sleep to study are more likely to struggle on tests the next day. All schools have rules and consequences for student behaviors. Schools usually cite disciplinary policies sometimes called the student code of conduct in student handbooks. The rules usually cover expectations, and consequences for not meeting the expectations, for things like student behavior, dress codes, use of electronic devices, and acceptable language. The policies may include details about attendance, vandalism, cheating, fighting, and weapons.
Many schools also have specific policies about bullying. It's helpful to know the school's definition of bullying, consequences for bullies, support for victims, and procedures for reporting bullying.
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Bullying via text or social media should be reported to the school too. It's important for your teen to know what's expected at school and that you'll support the school's consequences when expectations aren't met. It's easiest for students when school expectations match the ones at home, so they see both environments as safe and caring places that work together as a team.
It's also important to note that educators may call law enforcement officials to the school for serious infractions, and consequences may differ based on students' ages.
Volunteering at the high school is a great way to show you're interested in your teen's education. Keep in mind, though, that while some teens like to see their parents at school or school events, others may feel embarrassed by their parents' presence. Follow your teen's cues to determine how much interaction works for both of you, and whether your volunteering should stay behind the scenes.
Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school community. Check the school or school district website to find volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule. Even giving a few hours during the school year can make an impression on your teen. Teens should take a sick day if they have a fever, are nauseated, vomiting, or have diarrhea. Otherwise, it's important that they arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work, projects, tests, and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
Teens may have many reasons for not wanting to go to school — bullies , difficult assignments, low grades, social problems, or issues with classmates or teachers. Talk with your teen — and then perhaps with an administrator or school counselor — to find out more about what's causing any anxiety. Students also may be late to school due to sleep problems. Keeping your teen on a consistent daily sleep schedule can help avoid tiredness and tardiness.
For teens who have a chronic health issue , educators will work with the families and may limit workloads or assignments so students can stay on track. A plan can help teens with medical needs or health concerns be successful at school. Talk to school administrators if you are interested in developing a plan for your child.
Resources for Parents of Kids With Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Registration opens one month before each workshop. Missed a workshop? Check out our YouTube Channel for videos of past workshops. Sign up for our New You Choose newsletter to get an email when registration opens. Language interpreters and accommodations are available for all Parent Resource Center workshops by contacting us at or prc fcps. August Setting the Stage for Success: Preparing for a New School Year After several months of fun in the sun, transitioning to a new school year can be overwhelming. Strategies to Prepare your family for the first weeks of school include: Setting routines Organizing spaces and managing time Preparing for homework Understanding the role of electronics Watch Preparing for a New School Year on our Youtube Channel.
Highlights will include: Recognizing power struggles Identifying why power struggles occur Strategies for parents Friday, September 6, , 10 a. Without Being the Bad Guy Like any parent, you want your child to succeed. Friday, September 20, , 10 a. Voices from the IEP Table: Perspectives on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families This workshop explores the individual perspectives of IEP meeting participants who work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Join us for this workshop to learn: Best practices for working with students with diverse backgrounds Practical suggestions for improving the experiences of teams serving students with diverse backgrounds. From Chaos to Calm: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles Please join Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, for a laugh-out-loud funny presentation filled with practical, concrete strategies to restore calm in your home and stop the power struggles.
Perfect for parents of children ages 2 — 22! Get your kids to listen the first time. Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
Stop whining, tantrums, and sibling fights. Get kids off screens without a fight.
Create stress-free mornings, homework time, and bedtime. Thursday, October 3, , 10 a. Join us for this workshop to learn: What is Executive Functioning? What strategies can I use to help my child develop stronger Executive Functioning skills? Friday, October 11, , 10 a. Registration - Participants and Adult Service Providers p. Overview Presentation Little Theater p.
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He will have you learn that there is indeed hope in recovery and that we can turn our lives around when we take the right steps. Learn the signs and strategies to support and help your child. Friday, October 18, , 10 a. Thursday, October 24, , a. Helping your Child Cope with Stress As parents, we want to shield our children from stress and adversity as much as possible.
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Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, Clinical Psychologist, in this important session that will focus on: Recognizing stress in children Building resiliency skills The role of mindfulness and executive functioning skills Friday, October 25, , 10 a. They will highlight: Understanding appropriate vs. Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! Using social media to enhance connection with friends and family, instead of following strangers and celebrities Finding online support and community for conditions such as depression and eating disorders Learning and developing life skills through technology--for example, by problem-solving in online games--while avoiding inappropriate content Presented by Juliana Miner, public health expert and the creator of the popular blog Rants from Mommyland.
Thursday, November 7, p. Does your child have a new diagnosis? Do you suspect your child may have Autism? Highlights will include: Understanding the unique learning styles of students with Autism. Effective strategies to use in the home and classroom. Examine examples of resources. Friday, November 8, , 10 a. How do children qualify for services? What is Least Restrictive Environment? What is the difference between accommodations and modifications?
What is an IEP? What are the roles and responsibilities of IEP team members? How can I work with the school team to develop an IEP? How do I advocate for my child at school and in the IEP process? Wednesday, November 13, , p. Register for Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School Building Success in Physical Education Learn fun activities for the whole family to get your child moving while reinforcing a wide range of skills needed to participate in physical education.
Friday, November 22, , 10 a. Zones of Regulation Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, the Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colors to help students identify their feelings and level of alertness and provides strategies to support emotional regulation. Participants will: Learn about the four Zones, corresponding feelings and visuals to reinforce this language at home.
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