House of Refuge Becomes Certified Autism Center

House of Refuge is joining the Mesa Autism Initiative, connecting to an expanding network of organizations that have earned the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).  A faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, House of Refuge has been helping families experiencing homelessness in the East Valley for over 20 years by providing transitional housing and wrap-around support services. These services, coupled with the stability provided by housing, provide families with the foundation and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain permanent housing.

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Top 10 Signs of Student Anxiety In The Classroom

Feeling anxious is a fairly normal reaction when experiencing exciting, stressful or new situations. However, students who experience anxiety at school could potentially have a more serious anxiety disorder that requires treatment.

Anxiety becomes an issue when it begins holding the student back from opportunities, such as participating in extracurricular activities or social engagements. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 25% of teens between 13 and 18 years old have an anxiety disorder and slightly less than 6% have a severe anxiety disorder.

This means one out of every four teenagers is struggling with anxiety that is negatively impacting their daily life. Continue Reading →

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Impact of Anxiety and Depression on Student Academic Progress

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common obstacles teens and young adults face and it’s beginning to take a serious toll in the classroom.

Every year more cases of anxiety and depression are reported in children and teens. 1 in every 8 children has anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). While there are treatments for anxiety and depression, 80% of children with an anxiety disorder and 60% of children with depression are not receiving treatment. Continue Reading →

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Record Teacher Turnover Tied to Lack of Mental Health Training

Student mental health is steadily becoming one of the top issues schools are facing across the US, and teachers are lacking in the mental health training to address it. It’s also a key factor directly tied to the teacher turnover rate, which is at an all-time high.

Importance of Teachers and School Staff

Now more than ever, teachers hold one of the most important jobs available. Not only are they expected to properly educate our youth, but they simultaneously help shape the future citizens of our country. That’s a pretty hefty task to take on, which is why it’s so disappointing that Continue Reading →

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Suicide Prevention: 9 Subtle Warning Signs for School Staff to Recognize

By Brandy Killian, M.S., NCSP, CAS

It is important to recognize the often subtle signs of suicide for suicide prevention to be effective.

Teachers and staff can play a crucial role in preventing suicide by becoming more familiar with the warning signs of suicide and learning what to do when they recognize them.

Students considering suicide are often not the ones teachers and administrators might expect.

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Student Anxiety is an Epidemic in the Classroom: What Teachers Can Do

Student anxiety can have a huge effect on a student’s future if it isn’t addressed properly.

The Dangers of Student Anxiety

Take Jeremy for example. It was looking like Jeremy’s only ticket out of the inner city was basketball. He was a star on the court and though intelligent, he spent little time on his studies.

Jeremy had been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and ended up spending more time in the bathroom than in his classes during the school day. Continue Reading →

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