Empathy Uniquely Predicts Reading and Math Achievements

Students from an urban elementary school were assessed on measures of social and emotional well-being. In addition, their reading and math scores on standardized assessments were obtained. Empathy showed a unique relationship with reading in two separate studies and with math in one of the studies, even when controlling for the previous year's test scores, positive classroom behaviors, and executive functioning.


Scaling Up a Prekindergarten Social Emotional Health Program: Lessons Learned In An Urban School District

The rate of childhood mental health issues is alarming. Fully 49.5% of children will have a diagnosable mental illness by age 18, and 22% will experience some serious impairment. That is 17.1 million children—more than the number of children who will experience cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. (Merikangas et al., 2010). At the Momentous Institute, our largest program is mental health support for children and families, but we know that, despite our adult interacting with children—teachers, childcare workers, and parents—can use to build and repair social emotional health so that we can all work together to buffer kids from these alarming statistics. The study reported here focused on the first-year implementation of a comprehensive social emotional health program that was integrated into prekindergarten classrooms in a large urban school district.

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When Experts Miss Trauma in Children

It has been estimated that each year, over one million children in the United States are misdiagnosed with a mental illness that could be better explained by trauma. That’s a lot of children inaccurately being labeled with a mental illness. The problem of misdiagnosis is important. If we misdiagnose or mislabel a child with a mental illness, we run the risk of recommending or providing treatment that will potentially not alleviate or address the child’s core problems.

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