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Garden City, NY: District provides social-emotional learning; how to "remain calm when irritated"

Mar 15, 2018, Garden City, NY, Long Island Herald: ‘Violence is not a healthy response’—School districts seek to provide students with positive messages http://www.liherald.com/stories/violence-is-not-a-healthy-response,101136 MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS IN SCHOOLS Children with mental health and learning disorders face frequent discipline and academic failure, and more often avoid school, are suspended, left back or drop out, which can lead to problems later in life. These potential issues can be corrected, but only with intervention. Problems start early. Expulsions in pre-kindergarten are almost twice as common — 89 percent higher — when children don’t have regular access to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Being at risk for mental health problems in first grade leads to a 5 percent drop in academic performance in just two years. Students in special education are at high risk. Nationally, more than 77,000 receive suspensions or expulsions for more than 10 days in a year, including children with autism, anxiety and learning disorders. Those who are suspended or expelled for more than 10 days include 5.7 percent of children with emotional problems and 2.6 percent of students with other health impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In one study of special education students, the suspension/expulsion rate for students with emotional disturbances was 64 percent…. Focusing on mental health, the Hewlett-Woodmere and Lawrence school districts — and the New Horizon Counseling Center, which services districts across Nassau County and Queens — are ratcheting up their training and awareness of the influences on young people, from their home lives to social media. … … Each of the district’s four school buildings has a psychologist and a social worker, Mackler said. … With full-time psychologists and social workers in each of the Hewlett-Woodmere district’s five buildings, Deputy Superintendent Mark Secaur said that counseling, as well as “developmentally appropriate social and emotional literacy instruction,” are available to all students. “Social and emotional literacy,” he said, means having the skills to comprehend and express one’s emotions, understanding how to manage those feelings and remain calm when irritated, and being able to comfort oneself when doubted. …