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The Health Benefits of Expressive Writing

As I write this, I might be improving my health. I know that expressive writing—creative writing and writing in my journal before bedtime—is good for my mental health, but I wondered if others benefit mentally or even physically from writing. I investigated this and learned people have ...
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Developing Empathy - The Value of a Good Book

Research has shown that reading literary fiction, taking in stories that make you think, that challenge you to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, increases your empathy. I doubt that surprises anyone who's reading this blog. If you've worked with children then you know just how ...

6 Ways to Avoid Letting Anger Be in Control

But there are times when as hard as you try, you feel that anger coming on. There are several things that you can do to help yourself control that anger so that you do not react irrationally. You will still be angry, but you will be in control. Knowing what you should do in case you feel yourself b ...

Teaching Emotions To Children With Autism

Many children with autism do not possess what is known as "theory of mind". Theory of mind is the ability to understand what other people are feeling or thinking in a certain situation. Reading facial cues and body language does this. Autistic children tend to take and interpret situat ...

Fighting the Anger Monster: Tools to help kids cope

Anger is the one emotion that seems to give almost everyone a tough time. We get too angry, too fast. Or we don't know how to express it at all—we leave it bottled up inside. Kids, too, struggle with how to "do" anger, and one of my jobs as a school counselor is to teach kids ho ...