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Our Justice System is Failing Teens of Color But One Alternative-to-Jail Program Seems to Have an Answer

 Here in America, we have a serious issue with how we treat our nation's troubled youth. More specifically, we have a serious problem with how our judicial courts perceive, alienate, and fail to "rehabilitate" millions of minor, juvenile offenders - especially when it comes to teens of color.  Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Our Youth When it comes to America's judiciary system, troubled adolescents and non-white ...

Talk With Your Kids and Teens About Dating Porn and Sex

First Step: Get Past The Fear Factor Unsure how to talk with your kids about dating, sex, and porn? Parental silence speaks volumes, so read these tips, take a deep breath, and start talking. Does anything strike fear into the heart of a parent more than figuring out when and how to talk with your kids about dating, love, and sex? As if those topics were not challenging enough, thanks to 24/7 free streaming internet porn, today’...

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Autism and job interviews: what it's like trying to find work when you have ASD

I've come to the conclusion that the job application process sucks for pretty much everyone involved. However, no single part of that process feels worse than the rare occasions when I actually got brought in for an interview. Most of the time, I'm lucky to get any response from applications, let alone someone actually taking time out to tell me that no, my application was not successful. Hell, some employers don't even get that far...

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Decision Making and the Education Policymaker

Education Policy is an Instrument for Social-Cultural Change "How do education policymakers make their decisions, and how might educational psychologists best engage with education policymakers to influence their decision-making process?" Originally posted in PsychologyToday.com and written by Benjamin Brock, MSW, Ph.D. Student at Temple University on April 9th, 2018. Charged with immense responsibility and tasked with countles...

Grief and Recovery

Voices Voices. I heard voices when the doctor told us our baby was dead. “Your wife is going to need you to be strong for her,” one voice said. “It’s going to be hard for her for a while,” added another. “Time to step up and put those husband pants on,” a third voice challenged. And like the good man I was raised to be, I stiffened my upper lip, squared my jaw, straightened my shoulders, ...

Autism and Research on What Causes It

The Autism Epidemic and the Race for a Cure Autism Shouts One of my autistic students smashed a classmate’s calculator in a fit of rage about making too much noise. Part of his consequence was to go to the store with the school principal and buy a new one. He went to the electronics aisle, picked out a calculator most like his classmate’s, and proceeded to the checkout line to pay. While waiting in line for the cash...

Teen Addiction and the Science of Mindsight

"Mindsight" and Heading Off Addictions Before They Can Take Root A. What can teenagers get addicted to? Let me count the ways. Let’s see, drugs, alcohol, smoking, eating, sex, and cell phones, right? B. How about the internet, social media, vaping, gambling, exercising, pornography, television, danger, music, piercing, tattoos, tanning, video games, fighting, disrespecting authority, protesting, driving fast, and not workin...

Smartphone Addiction is Not Just an Imagined Condition

Smartphone Addiction is as Real and Serious as Cancer, No Joke “The very first thing every morning, and the last thing every night.”  --Dean Martin My friends joke about their phone being the least used app on their smartphone. But it’s becoming more and more true every day. Surveys report that upwards of 80% of the time spent on cell phones still involves using the actual phone, but with the onsla...

Trauma-Sensitive Schools for All Students

Not ‘What’ Schools are For, but ‘Who’ "Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you'll know by." --Crosby, Stills and Nash ACEs Put Kids in a Hole…a Deep, Deep Hole More than occasional witness: mom being punched and kicked in the stomach by a boyfriend, dad plunging a needle into a bulging vein on his arm, a BFF shot...