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Good Article, busybee.  It seems each generation of parents and kids have similar struggles.  

One thing I could suggest is to keep communication open as much as possible and insist that all their friends and dates come over for dinner.  If your kid doesn’t want you to meet their friends then that is a red flag and would prompt a discussion.


Open Free for All / Photo
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:55:30 AM »
I Just got my new Sports Illustrated in the mail and wanted to share this so I scanned it in.  Not for young kids though.

SI Swimsuit Edition

Open Free for All / Breaking News
« on: October 09, 2009, 09:47:16 AM »
October 1, 2009

Elan School is pleased to announce the addition of Ande (Andrea) Lane, Special Education Coordinator, to our Education Department. Ande began her career in education by home schooling her own three daughters in the early 80's. Then, after tutoring students in the Lewiston/Auburn area for several years, Ande completed her Bachelor's in Special Education at the University of Maine at Farmington in 1996, double majoring in Emotional Disabilities/Behavior and Plant Science. She also worked as a special education teacher and later as a Teaching Principal at an elementary school. While there, she taught Wilson Reading, and worked with students who had severe learning disabilities as well as challenging behaviors.

Her energetic personality led Ande to concurrently develop her own business in 1999, Western Maine Educational Services, serving as an Education Consultant for Maine's growing home school population. She also had a few larger clients such as an NFI North, and Becket Family of Services. Ande served as Education Director for both agencies for several years. In 2004, she became a full time administrator and in December 2007, she received her Master's in Education Leadership from the University of Southern Maine.

Elan School is a coeducational, residential school for grades 8 - 12. Elan serves students classified as Emotionally Disturbed or who exhibit disruptive behaviors associated with ADHD and/or ODD.

Open Free for All / Drug deaths outpace crashes in more states
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:16:41 PM »
More fuel for the Teen help Industry.  Drugs are causing more deaths than Autos and rising.


CDC: Drug deaths outpace crashes in more states

By MIKE STOBBE (AP) – 4 hours ago

ATLANTA — Drug-related deaths outnumber those from motor vehicle accidents in a growing number of states, according to new government data that highlight a shift in the top cause of deaths after disease and illness.

Crashes still cost more lives nationwide, but state-by-state calculations show the rate of drug-induced deaths outpaced vehicle accidents in 16 states in 2006, up from about a dozen states the year before and eight in 2003.

Drug overdoses make up the vast majority of the drug-related deaths, and there was a sharp increase in fatalities tied to cocaine and to drugs known as opioid analgesics — including methadone, fentanyl, sedatives and prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin.

From 1999 to 2006, death rates for opioid analgesics increased for every age group. Deaths from methadone alone increased sevenfold, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Wednesday.

Based on death certificate data, CDC researchers counted more than 45,000 U.S. deaths from motor-vehicle crashes in 2006, and about 39,000 from drug-induced causes. The CDC does not have finalized data for 2007 or subsequent years.

About 90 percent of those drug fatalities are sudden deaths from overdoses, but the count includes people who died from organ damage from long-term drug use or abuse.

The 2006 death counts and death rates were higher for drugs than for vehicle accidents in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

It's not clear why certain states have seen such a shift. There are probably a variety of reasons, and the explanation may vary a bit from state to state, said Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Part of the story is that traffic death rates are going down. The death rate for people killed in motor vehicle crashes decreased by about 6.5 percent from 1999 through 2006 — from 15.3 per 100,000 to 14.3 per 100,000, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Declines in motor vehicle fatalities "are considered one of the great public health triumphs" of the last few decades, said Margaret Warner, an epidemiologist who co-authored the new CDC report.

"But (drug) poisonings are definitely going up," she added.

Aspen Education Group / Long-Term Outcome Studies
« on: September 22, 2009, 06:56:53 AM »
Long-Term Outcome Studies of Wilderness Therapy Programs Show Teens Improve at SUWS of the Carolinas

Aspen Education Group has participated in multiple independent research studies to ensure that we provide the most cutting-edge, evidence-based therapeutic practices and clinical models within each of our programs. As the leading provider of therapeutic education programs for youth and young adults, we feel it is our responsibility to measure the effectiveness of our methods and the sustainability of our results.

Aspen Education Group’s Outdoor Behavior Healthcare (OBH) programs, also referred to as wilderness therapy, participated in two long-term, independent research studies, most recently from March 2006 through October 2008. One hundred-ninety adolescents, ages 14-17, enrolled in three different wilderness therapy programs were assessed at admission; one week after they started treatment; graduation from the wilderness therapy program; three months after graduation; and 12 months after graduation. Adolescent participants in wilderness therapy programs experienced reported struggling with issues such as substance use, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, ADHD and academic performance

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