20 Mar

MONDAYS WITH ME: REPEATED CONCUSSIONS

A CONVERSATION WITH AN EXPERT FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

It’s great for kids (and adults, for that matter) to be active and involved in vigorous sports. However, some activities put participants at particular risk for repeated concussions, with potentially life-long consequences. But information is power and this week’s Mom Enough show is packed with information about how to recognize and respond to concussions and, most important how to prevent concussions in your young athletes. Don’t miss this important discussion with Jon Roesler, Epidemiologist Supervisor with the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. TUNE IN HERE!

What new things did you learn in the Mom Enough discussion about the causes and consequences of concussions? What steps will you take to prevent your children from suffering concussions, especially repeated concussions, which do great harm?

For a checklist of symptoms that may help your doctor in diagnosing a concussion, click here.
For Minnesota Medicine’s “This is Your Brain on Sports” article, click here.
For the MN Department of Health’s Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury information, click here.
For the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota, click here.


16 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 7 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Seven: Reenvisioning the Response: Where We Go from Here
By Robert Gundling, Ed.D.

I want to thank Dawn for the opportunity to participate in this book study on such an important topic related to the social emotional development of young children, their families and those who work with them. I found the information in the book helpful to me as an Early Care and Education Practitioner. It seems to me the information was presented in a clear, concise, and objective manner. This helped me develop a better understanding of how to support young children and the adults who care for and about them in developing relationships, grounded in trust, along with respect for each other in a caring environment. I believe relationships are at the core of a high quality learning environment for human beings.

Chapter 7 of this book maintained my interest because of its focus on those of us who work with young children and their families. During the past eight years, I had the good fortune to work with an organization in the most under resourced area of Washington, DC. I saw and felt the effects of violence in the neighborhood on the children and the teachers. One example etched in my mind is a four year old child in the Pre-k program who witnessed her father…

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15 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 6 (LANGWORTHY) *Limited*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Six: When Those Who Love Us Leave Us
By Rebecca Shlafer

I’m excited to participate in this book study! Chapter 6 addresses the complex challenges that children face when they lose a parent. For me, this chapter leaves me reflecting on the similarities and differences between a parent dying and the loss of a parent for other reasons. My research focuses on children’s outcomes when a parent is incarcerated, so I find the connections in this chapter between parent death, deployment, and incarceration to be really valuable. As the author notes, the loss of a parent can trigger… Read More


2 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 4 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Four: How What We Experience Shapes Us
By Tom Lent

In Chapter 4, “How What We Experience Shapes Us,” the forms, frequency and consequences of early adversity are discussed, as well as some suggested, appropriate approaches.

Abuse, neglect, domestic violence, extreme poverty, trafficking, natural disasters, chronic malnutrition, witnessing violent acts, and/or Read More


1 Feb

Spring 2017 Online Book Study: Children and Trauma

Today’s the day – welcome to my spring 2017 book study! We’ll be taking a closer look at children and trauma. The book of choice is Dr. Sara E. Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity. “Bridging the Relationship Gap” is a useful resource for professionals who work with children facing adversity, for educators who are teaching the next generation of child care providers, and for caregivers who are trying to provide the best care for their children during difficult times.

Participate in weekly discussions and ponder each chapter with others in the field. Paid participants ($30) will have access to guest content experts, along with the author for weekly discussions! They’ll also receive a certificate of participation/completion afterwards (follow these steps)

Participants of this book study will:

  • Learn about the ecological, biological, and cultural factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gaps.
  • Examine different attachment styles and learn how to recognize them in children.
  • Understand how stress and trauma affect brain development and behavior.
  • Learn techniques for dealing with tough situations.
  • Discover ways to foster recovery and resiliency in children.

The first guest expert commentary will be released tomorrow (Thurs. 2/2/17) on this blog http://enhancingyoungminds.com/. Paid participants will have full access to the password protected post of the guest expert’s commentary and a private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access through this blog and are welcome to participate in open discussions (just REPLY to each blog post weekly). After you’ve read Chapter 1, reply to the correlating blog post with your reactions, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. I look forward to the discussion!

*Pay by visiting http://enhancingyoungminds.com/ and clicking on the Paypal icon under Pay for Book Study in the upper right-hand corner.

*Still need the book? You can order a paperback book Here  or Here. You could also download the e-book for immediate access. Another option is downloading the audio book!

*JOIN ANYTIME Even though the live study begins Feb. 1, 2017, you are free to join at any time and complete at your own pace! Pay and participate in all 7 discussions to receive your certificate (MN Develop Approved) 

APPLIES TOWARD

4. Curriculum Implementation
8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK AREA(S)

II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (3 Hours)
VI: Professionalism (3 Hours)

CDA CONTENT AREAS

Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (3 Hours)
Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism  (3 Hours)

Happy Reading!

-Dawn Braa