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Transformative Education and Mental Health

Aug 01, 2014 10:20AM ● By Stephanie Golder

Stephanie Golder

Many children and teens struggle with mental health issues which can make traditional education a daily burden that aggravates symptoms. Parents know the stress of worrying about a child’s physical and mental health while trying to meet the attendance and academic requirements of the school, district and state.

When brain function is out of balance, the chemicals produced in the brain are also out of sync. Children and teens that deal with anxiety, depression, learning disability, ADHD, behavioral disorder or any malady that involves brain function may have to work very hard to accomplish even the simplest of activities because the brain is working so laboriously to perform daily tasks.

Traditional education has rigorous expectations with regard to time structure, behavior, academic requirements and socially accepted norms. This is understandable, given the federal and state requirements for students, teachers and the education facility as a whole.

Transformative education refers to education that falls outside of the normal expectations typically found in most public and private schools, and because it allows for flexibility in scheduling and academic requirements, it can be very beneficial for students that struggle in the traditional school setting.

The Morning Star Academy is a fully accredited online private Christian school where students have digital access to an online teacher for help. They are required to complete daily assignments and grades are based upon individual assignments and evaluations. This type of setting is ideal for the student that requires multiple breaks during the day or otherwise needs flexibility in their school schedule. The child that is in treatment for depression or anxiety may also find this setting to be very advantageous while focusing on improving mental health.

Fusion Academy is an accredited, non-traditional private school for grades six through 12 that offers students the opportunity to learn on their terms, on their schedule and in their learning style, in a one-onone classroom setting with numerous daily opportunities to interact socially. This learning environment is ideal for the student that has difficulty meeting the expectations of the traditional classroom. A teen with behavioral disorder or ADHD may find they can focus better with fewer distractions. Additionally, the anxiety for a teen with a learning disability may be diffused and self-confidence boosted in a classroom where curriculum is geared toward individual strengths and interests.

Dallas Brain Changers is committed to helping children, teens and adults that deal with depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning disability, behavioral disorder and other brain function issues. They work with families caught in the quandary of balancing their child’s physical and emotional health needs with the very real necessity for their child to receive a quality education.Through neurofeedback and counseling, Dallas Brain Changers helps clients and families regain control of their thoughts and behaviors. Treatment is proven, non-invasive and does not involve medication.

Location: 10000 North Central Exp. Ste. 400. For more information, call 214-997-4990 or visit DallasBrainChangers.com. Dr. Stephanie Golder is a Christian life counselor and life coach at Dallas Brain Changers.

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