TRANSITION by dfhdhdhdhjr


A time of change, challenge, and opportunity
              FCHS 1/12/2009
        TEAM Fort Collins
 Background/History
 Presenters- Scoot Crandall and Stacey
Overview of the presentation
 A look at transition times as a “risk factor”
 The expectations of the adolescent
 Common fears of the student
 Expectations and adolescent development
 Helping students make the transition
 A checklist of crucial conversations
   “It’s good to be able to think about the
    future. Even though sometimes at the age
    of 16 or 17, the age of 28 feels like a
    lifetime away. Every decision I made when
    I was 16, has led me to where I am now.”

                      Jon Foreman, Lead Singer, Switchfoot
   “In today’s society we seem unable to
    accept the fact of adolescence, that there
    are young people in transition from
    childhood to adulthood who need adult
    guidance and direction. Rather we assume
    the teenager is a kind of adult. They are
    not adults and they are not children.”
                   David Elkind, All Grown Up and No Place to Go
   “Even normal school transitions can
    predict increases in problem behaviors.
    When children move from elementary
    school to middle school or from middle
    school to high school, significant increases
    in the rate of drug use, school drop-out,
    and anti-social behavior may occur.”

                 Hawkins,Chappell,Catalano- Developmental Research and Programs
          Antisocial behavior
   “Antisocial behavior can generally be
    characterized as an overall lack of
    adherence to the social mores and
    standards that allow members of a society
    to coexist peaceably”

 3 or more shown consistently
 Behaves impulsively, thoughtlessly
  jeopardizing the safety of himself and
 Is manipulative, lies or cons his way
  through situations
 Will not follow rules, enjoys breaking the
 Steals
3 or more shown consistently

 Is overly aggressive, often picking fights
 Is willing to hurt others emotionally or
  physically without remorse
 Is arrogant and overly confident
 Likes to set fires
 Is cruel to animals
        Expectations of the
 Time management- homework, sports,
  work, extra curricula's, family,
  relationships, sleep
 Decisions regarding drugs, sex, limits
 Driving
 Planning for the future
 Technology, social networks
 Manage their emotions!!
    Common fears of students
 Fitting in
 Getting lost
 Body image
 Competition- academic, social, athletic,
  fine arts
 Time management
 Relationships
 Pressure to plan for the future
         A problem of timing
   BIG decisions, REAL fears, limited and
    emerging capacity- very important for
    parents to understand!

   Powerful outside voices- FRIENDS,
    PARENTS, other adults and media

   What is going on in that BRAIN!?
    The typical adolescent brain
 Very much in process and experiencing
  rapid and tremendous integration and
 Not done with this work until approx. age
 Much neuro activity focused in the
  emotional center
 The area that aids many of adult
  expectation is still under construction!
 Much is going on in an area called the
  Amygdalla- the emotional center as well as
  the Nucleus Acummbins- the pleasure
 Amygdalla- Emotions trump knowledge
 Nucleus Acummbins- High stim-Low
          Bridging the gap
 Parents recognize and understand what
  the adolescent is “going through” with
  transitions coupled with normal teenage
 Do not underestimate your very important
 Be that Pre-frontal cortex !
   A great time for three new “R’s



Okay fine, give me some tips!
 Be strong and be there
 Eat dinner together
 Give them safe thrills
 Insist on extra curricular activities
 Let them know your values, and model
 Understand what matters to your child
 Have those “crucial conversations”
     Tips at transition times
 Be open and understanding
 Be available and reassuring
 Be supportive and loving
 Set routines and limits
 Be aware of course selection and class
 Stay appropriately involved
      Crucial conversations
 Peer relationships
 Sex
 Drugs/alcohol/tobacco
 Time management
 Off hours
 Driving
      Crucial conversations
 Money management
 Goal setting
 Attendance, Grades
 Internet, cell phones, etc.
 The real norms of this group, “anticipatory
“It’s a kid with a chance.”

                 Rodney Atkins- It’s America

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