Tag: coping

The Relaxing Days of Summer

Parents and educators are as ‘over’ this school year as the students are. The Erika’s Lighthouse team has read countless parent posts on various websites saying the same thing; they are beside themselves witnessing their once-strong student now struggling or losing complete interest in school. This is true of all learning methods — online, in-person […]

Practicing Mindfulness

There is some confusion about what mindfulness is. One definition of mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. – Jon Kabat-Zinn This means you are choosing to focus your mind on what is happening right now without judging it. It allows us to be in the present […]

Understanding Your Thoughts

Your thoughts play a huge role in how you feel and behave. A lot of times we aren’t even aware of how we are thinking and that is impacting our reactions and emotions. So the more you understand and recognize your thoughts the more power you have to shift your moods and behaviors. Our thoughts […]

Classroom Accommodations For Students With Depression

When a teen is struggling with depression, there should be an expectation of a certain level of disorganization, forgetfulness and trouble concentrating. The good news is, there are accommodations that can be made in order to help reduce some of those setbacks. Be Flexible Be flexible on due dates or attendance, allow extra time for […]

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

Several times a week, Ericka Santiago-Diaz can be found driving around her low-income, underserved school community in New Jersey’s Asbury Park with bags of school supplies, replacement technology, food and donated clothing in the back seat to deliver to students. At some homes, she translates school emails into Spanish and answers technical questions. Then she […]