communication skills

How Facial Expressions Are Deeply Connected to Communication Skills

Nonverbal communication makes up more than half of communication. Understanding how to read nonverbal communication–body language and facial expressions–can help with building essential communication skills. Improving your own nonverbal communication, such as keeping your body language open (no crossed arms), help you communicate with others. A recent study looked into just how much we use …

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Targeted: Stigma-Based Bullying Shown to Be More Harmful

We live in a very progressive age. In the news, it often seems like every historically stigmatized group is getting the attention they deserve. A question has arose, though: has the increased media attention and lack of interventions in schools led to students part of stigmatized groups being bullied more often? Obviously, stigmatized bullying has …

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My Teen Just Got Expelled from School – Now What?

So, your teen just got expelled from school and now you’re thinking frantically: “Now what?” Traditional schools settings don’t work for every student. Sometimes traditional schools just aren’t equipped to help those students reach their full potential. Students fall through the cracks; the ones with learning differences, anxiety, or other challenges. They feel like there’s …

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Staying Safe During the Winter Months in Wilderness Therapy Settings

If you’ve ever been camping, then you are no doubt familiar with the rich and varied therapeutic effects of the outdoors experience. For just a while you disconnect from the universe, unplugging and destressing as you relax and immerse yourself in the many and beautiful wonders of nature. Perhaps it comes as no surprise to …

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Going Overboard With Media Devices: Screen Overuse in Teens Leads to Unhappiness

The phrase ‘too much of a good thing’ is among the truest ever spoken; especially when it comes to your teens and their phones. Today’s teens spend an average of nine hours per day using media; and according to a study conducted by San Diego State University, teens who spend excessive amounts of time texting, …

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Viral Video of Boy Explains Why Bullying Teens Is a Problem

Some think that the days of bullying teens are in the past–but all the data says differently. Much of bullying has leaked into the online world, however regular lunchroom bullying is still very much at large. Recently, a young boy who has experienced bullying first-hand took it upon himself to speak out about it. “Why …

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New Research Shows Bullying in Teens Causes Issues Later in Life

Bullying in teens is more alive than ever before. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1 in 4 students, grades 6-12, have experienced bullying. Researchers believe this may be because bullying has more platforms now–it’s no longer just in person, but online. So, bullying is running rampant, but what …

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Challenges with Millennial Teen: Why Are Teens Taking Longer to Grow Up?

Believe it or not, teens have changed drastically over the years. There are new challenges with millennial teen boys and girls that were never an issue before. New studies are showing that the rate of pregnancy and alcohol use have plummeted (past issues of past generations), along with how many are working part-time jobs. Surveys …

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Snapchat Addiction: Popular Social Platform Is Becoming an Issue

Snapchat–around 75 percent of teenagers use this social media platform as a way of communicating with friends. Experts believe Snapchat is such a hit because of its non-committal attitude and instant gratification. As its popularity continues to grow, an unlikely issue has arisen: Snapchat addiction. This may be the moment that you chuckle, but I …

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