Parent Support Group

The Parent Support Group had it’s first official meeting at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Maura Cullen Ali started this group and gave a powerful speech at the PTO General Meeting which was immediately before the Parent Support Group’s first meeting. One that warrants us all taking a minute to read and spread the message to other families and our children.

Maura Cullen Ali’s speech

Helpful Tip of the Month from the Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments of District 64…

Reasons Why Self-Regulation Should be a Priority for All Students

Self-regulation is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with our emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed. Emotional self-regulation belongs to the broader set of emotion-regulation processes, which includes both the regulation of one’s own feelings and the regulation of other people’s feelings. Sensory self-regulation is the ability to effectively use or filter sensory stimuli coming from the environment around us and from our own bodies, and to make appropriate responses based on that sensory information.Recent research has described the many ways in which efficient self-regulation is beneficial to our students. Results of the recent meta-analysis research review conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association on Pediatrics on Self-Regulation indicated positive outcomes for 23,098 students. The study indicated that consistent improvement in self-regulation was reported in:

– 16 od 21 of the curriculum based interventions programs

– 4 of the 8 Mindfulness and Yoga school based intervention programs lasting 6 months or less

– 4 of 6 exercise based programs including high intensity interval training and martial arts

– 4 of 6 social and personal skills program interventions

Additionally, positive outcomes of self-regulation interventions were noted in the following areas:

– 11 of 13 (85%) studies on academic achievement

– 4 of 5 (80%) studies on reduction of substance abuse

– 9 of 9 studies reporting on social skills, behavioral problems, and school suspensions

The research concluded that there are a wide range of programs to assist with improvement in self-regulation. Improvements were noted in all academic, behavioral, social domains.

Reference: Pandey A, Hale D, Das S, Goddings A, Blakemore S, Viner RM. Effectiveness of Universal Self-regulation–Based Interventions in Children and AdolescentsA Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(6):566–575. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0232. Read the full text

Helpful Parent Group Resources:

Neighborhood Parent Network Monthly Newsletters

The Law for Adults & Children with Disabilities