• A step-by-step guide to building bridges with parents

    A smiling adult assisting a smiling child with school work

    You don’t have to look far to find an article detailing the state of student achievement these days. Math and reading scores are down from where they were pre-pandemic and educators and parents alike are scrambling to find ways to close the gap. Unfortunately, academic scores aren’t the only concern in need of attention; an extraordinary percentage of our students are facing mental health challenges — many of them dire.

    Read more
  • Calming the storm: 5 tips to help caregivers tame back-to-school anxiety

    by Selina Oliver, NCSP and Senior Assessment Consultant for Pearson

    Two adults in front seats and two children in back seats of car.

    Everyone gets the back-to-school jitters — even educators. There’s a reason the “Sunday Scaries” is a thing, whether you’re returning from a long vacation or a typical weekend. And of course, this apprehension is not reserved for you and your colleagues. Students and their families likely also feel angst during transitions back to school and work. 

    Read more
  • Assess to de-stress: How digital assessments support patients’ and providers’ mental health

    client hands and doctor hands on tablet

    Efficient diagnostic tools can better address mental health in patients — and providers. Today, about one in four adults experiences a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. Many of these adults are your patients. And many others are your healthcare staff. This leaves healthcare organizations in the position of supporting patients who may struggle to get the care they need and supporting staff who may struggle to deliver proper care.  

    Read more
  • The mental toll of social media on teens (and how to combat it)

    teenage kids looking at their phones

    When used responsibly, social media can provide a means for social connectedness, support, information, and entertainment for teens, all of which can be beneficial to their mental health and well-being. However, social media can also expose teens to anxiety, depression, body image issues, cyberbullying, peer pressure, racism, prejudice, sleep disorders, and addiction. These effects may be related to the amount and type of social media use, as well as the developmental stage of each teen.

    Read more
  • A family’s journey -The path through a comprehensive ADHD evaluation... and beyond

    Child writing with adult assisting

    Why is a good evaluation the key to solving any problem? We have a true story to share with you that can shed a little light on the importance of a thorough evaluation. It is from the perspective of a mom whose son was having difficulties paying attention, controlling his impulses, and keeping himself organized — both at home and at school. As with any good story, this one has a happy ending thanks to a dedicated team of educational and mental health professionals who left no stone unturned and worked in close collaboration with both the student and his parents. 

    Read more
  • Why does summer break impact student mental health?

    children playing on playground

    Summertime is often a welcomed period of fun and rest for students, rewarding them with a much-needed break from their schoolwork. However, mental health never takes a vacation, and there are signs of exacerbating problems in the summer months.

    A key challenge is the disruption of routine that summer brings. There’s also the reduced access to counselors, teachers, and other positive adult role models that were either a source of comfort and guidance or a positive reinforcement for their mental health. Financial instability is also a common factor, especially with students who relied on school breakfasts and lunches for their daily meals.  

    It’s important to note that students from historically marginalized groups are more likely to suffer from reduced access to mental health resources throughout the school year, not just in the summer.

    Read more
  • Choose the product training that works best for you!

    by Tyler Vassar, EdS, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Pearson Assessments Consultant

    Diverse group of coworkers having a meeting

    Whether you’re looking for individual training, small group training, or perhaps training across your district, identifying and selecting the best delivery method for your team doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Pearson offers in-person, live webinar, and on-demand training, and since each of these options is unique, we’ve put together a few tips to help you decide which one will work best for you.

    Read more
  • A call to action on early childhood learning disparities in marginalized communities

    by Dr. Andi Turner, Research Director for Pearson Clinical Assessments

    Children looking at book

    Educators are facing a challenge like never before. I make this observation based on 18 years of deep immersion in the mental wellness field, including practical experience in individual, family, and group therapy settings. Along the way, I found my most rewarding service to be assessing babies and young children as a consultant for early childhood and Head Start programs.

    Read more