Teaching self control

Teaching our students to regulate their behavior, delay gratification, and learn self-monitoring skills is crucial to their success both as students and as adults.  Please check
out the recent press and continue to teach those skills that you’re already working on at home. 
While you’re on the NPR website, check out the 2008 story that is found under the related story heading which addresses teaching self-control through creative play.  
The strategies that are suggested are widely used at Mitchell School.

I would also like to direct you to The Diane Rehm Show - Treating young children ADHD to listen to an intelligent and thoughtful conversation about treating ADHD in children.  A variety of parent opinions and concerns are also considered.  Well worth the listen!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:06 a.m.
Earlier this week the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for treating and diagnosing ADHD. The disorder, often characterized by hyperactivity and an inability to focus, is thought to affect about 8 percent of all kids. The new guidelines aim to help pediatricians identify ADHD in children as young as four. Previous recommendations applied to children six and up. Many pediatricians agree that attention deficit problems can be apparent in preschool age children, but there is debate over what treatments, if any, are appropriate. Join us to talk about diagnosing and treating ADHD in young children.


Dr. Mark Wolraich
professor of pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
lead author, ADHD clinical practice guidelines.

Dr. Mark Batshaw
executive vice president and chief academic officer, Children’s National Medical Center; professor and chairman, Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Rick Ostrander
associate professor and director of Pediatric Medical Psychology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Claudia Gold
pediatrician and author of "Keeping Your Child in Mind"