Monday, November 13, 2017

How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

Good morning all,

Last week we shared an article which brought to light the pressures teens put on themselves and the anxiety they can feel from college applications, testing and just schoolwork in general. It is important that in order for these anxious teens to succeed, they are able to recognize their feelings of anxiety and work to address them. One way some teens can do this is through art.  According to an article from "artistic expression may decrease anxiety, feelings of anger and depression. This creative process can also enhance cognitive abilities, foster greater self-awareness and help students regulate their emotions." 

The article further goes on to talk about some of the other benefits that art expression can have on today's students. "Art teaches kids problem-solving and decision-making skills,” says Wardrip. “Creativity also promotes identity development, helping students find their ‘place’ in the world.” (To view the full article click on the link here.) 

Linder Education works to help students identify their school-related stressors and find ways of organization and expression to be able to work through them successfully in a comfortable, supportive environment. To learn more about the services we can offer your student, visit: 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Anxiety Is Taking A Toll On Teens, Their Families And Schools

If you are a parent of a teenager in today's society, the following article from entitled 'Anxiety Is Taking A Toll On Teens, Their Families And Schools' won't surprise you. A majority of American teenagers face anxiety and pressures unlike before. But parents aren't always the culprits for these anxieties- today's teenagers are often putting pressures on themselves. The big question from the article which we want to highlight is this: "How can educators and parents help kids understand there’s more than one “right” path and multiple ways of being successful in the world?" (To view the original article click here.

This is something here at Linder Education that we take very seriously and strive to help each student that comes through our door understand. Success has a variety of measurements and can be unique to each individual person. If your child is suffering from school-related anxiety and  you want help not only academically but for the big picture, contact us today! We are here to help:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Brain Games & Training Your Brain

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an interesting article from NPR which talks about brain training. Many popular brain training "games" and programs are out there designed to help users increase brain function. Kara Blacker, lead author and a researcher at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Bethesda, Md. talks about their findings. "Our hypothesis was that training might improve fluid intelligence or IQ," Blacker says. "But that's not what we found." They found that although one method (dual n-back) did show significant improvements in their working memory and changes in their brain activity, neither test made the study participants any smarter. (Click here to read the article in it's entirety.)

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What does all of this mean? Helping your student learn and improve can't simply be downloading a "brain game" or computer program- it's not enough. While it certainly may help their memory skills and provide some encouragement, it takes a lot more work and possibly professional guidance to help students succeed. If you are looking for somewhere to begin to help your child's success in school, contact us today! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Learning More about ADHD

Good morning all,

If you can, take a moment to watch this TED talk and learn more about ADHD. Here at Linder Education we're so lucky to be able to help kids embrace their brains and learn the strategies to manage weaknesses and amplify strengths. Learn more about how we can help your child with ADHD here: or call (703) 270-9129 today!

Watch the TED talk here:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Learning With Podcasts: Getting Students Excited Again

Each student is unique which means that every student also learns differently. For some students, learning through podcasts has become a great tool to engage their minds in a different manner which allows them to become engaged and excited about learning again. 

In this article from KQED news high school English teacher Michael Godsey talks about how listening to podcasts helps his students read and learn. 

"When he first started teaching with podcasts, students were applying English Language Arts critical thinking skills to podcast episodes, much like they would after reading a book. However, the more he taught with podcasts, he began to discover that his students were learning in ways he hadn’t anticipated."

To learn more about Linder Education and the various methods we use to help our students achieve success in and out of the classroom, visit