Adolescence and Executive Function

Teens’ Brains Are Still Growing Adolescence introduces new responsibilities and expectations across all areas of one’s life. Ideally, individuals in these years build their identities and create the foundations for a healthy transition into young adulthood. As teens are developing their values, outlooks on life, and identities, their brains are also growing. The areas of […]

The Classroom & Mental Health Are Interrelated

A Significant Impact Mental health is profoundly important in every aspect of a teen’s life, from interacting with others to developing a healthy self-image and identity. Unfortunately, the relationship between mental health and academics is often neglected or altogether forgotten. Success or failure in the classroom is frequently chalked up to individual motivation and intelligence, […]

Distance Learning and Remote Therapy

Crisis Drives a Lack of Access to Services As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many high schools are adapting by developing online learning platforms. At Shortridge Academy, we’ve instituted what we are calling Shortridge Online. Likewise, many therapists and counselors have transitioned to providing their services online in order to meet the needs of their patients. […]

Supporting Teens During the COVID-19 Crisis

The novel coronavirus has dramatically disrupted the lives of many teens who now face anxiety and uncertainty over their own health, the safety of family and friends, and the economic impact of COVID-19 on their lives. The shutdown of schools and requirements for social distancing have cut teenagers off from their primary social outlets, forcing […]

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