Childhood Stress Presentation April 10

March 15, 2013

Submitted by Dana Fine, co-chair Bedford SEPAC

Child with learning difficultiesOn April 10th from 7-8:30 pm at Lane School multi-purpose room, Joel M. Rusticcia will be discussing Anxiety and Stress in our school aged children including strategies to help you and your kids. The speaker will address Anxiety/Stress among today’s students and how this affects their schooling– and how to avoid parents being part of the problem.

We are seeing high levels of anxiety and stress among our students, particularly in middle school and high school although unfortunately these issues are also now present in our elementary school.

The topics covered will include how parents can see the signs of anxiety/ depression / stress and work with the schools to help their children.

Here is a brief bio of Joel:

Joel M. Ristuccia is a certified School Psychologist with over twenty-five years experience working in the public schools. Over the last twenty years he has developed and worked in programs for students at risk for failure due to social/emotional disabilities and continues to assist schools and school districts in addressing the needs of these students.

Mr. Ristuccia has served as a consultant on the impact of trauma on student learning to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) and is a co-author of “Helping Traumatized Children Learn”. Additionally he has consulted to the Department of School Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented program model research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), presented for the Departments of Education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Washington as well as the University of Wisconsin on topics related to the impact of trauma on learning.

Mr. Ristuccia is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University teaching courses in developing school wide, classroom and individual interventions to address the needs of students with social/emotional disabilities. Mr. Ristuccia holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

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