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Happy New Year! From all of us at KPA Behavioral Health, we would like to wish you and your family a year filled with many blessings. The past year has been filled with success and growth in so many ways. Each child’s progress was the inspiration for our feature article this month. We look forward to working with you towards reaching your child’s fullest potential.
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Basic Skill Spotlight
How do We Measure
Progress? January Learning
Skill of the Month — Respectful Behavior 1. Look at the person
2. Use a nice voice
Leaving a place cleaner then how you found it
3. Use the appropriate title
Tips for a 3 Healthy Child
Examples of showing respectful behavior
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Being quiet in a public place Using Mr./Mrs./Ms.
Positive Outcome: You will be respected. You will gain new friends and keep old ones. Negative Outcome: You will not be respected. You may lose friends.
Listening Following instructions
Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you.
How do we measure progress? Each child at KPA Behavioral Health has an individualized treatment plan that details their goals and objectives. Progress is measured through a concise method of data collection each time a service is provided. However, that is not the only way we measure progress. Progress is also observed daily through a child’s behavior and interactions. Each day, we acknowledge the small changes that lead to greater achievements. As a positive start to the new year, we want to share with you some of the work that your children have written during various learning activities. We hope that you are as inspired as we are by the infinite potential of each child!
How Many Times
“If I was in charge of the world, the world will be clean and people will be happy”.
Once I was a baby.
Long to anger
Now I am a young man
There is nothing like a day that will tickle your funny bone. 13 years old
Fast to release
Once I was a lame kid
Once I was a loser
Yes, that’s me
Once I was a smart alec
Now I am a cool athletic kid
Once I was a 1st grader
Once I was a 3rd grader
Once I was a 5th grader
How many times
Now I am a 6th grader
My hands are clapping with love
How many times
Once I was not nice
My heart is thinking kind
Must I repeat this
Once I was a bully
I’m at peace with loyalty
Sleepy in the morning
Once I was the ruler of the school
I’m never without love
How many times
Once I was a toddler
Must I repeat this
Once I was a little boy
Awake in the afternoon
Now I am the awesome person.
Serious in the day Lax at night
Happy any time Angry anywhere Quick to be happy Helpful, thoughtful, nice, brave 14 years old If I was in charge of the world, the world will be clean and people will be happy. It will be free doughnuts and free ice cream and free legos and free books, everything free. I am nine. 9 years old
“Small acts can lead to big changes.” 13 years old I am smart. I am clever. I am tricky. I am funny. I am always interested in stuff. I like sports. I love my life. I make new friends every day. I care for a lot of people. And I used to be so shy. I would be so scared to talk to anyone.
Look and you’ll see me My hair is Indian brown black My eyes are dark brown My arm is reaching for the sky
My friends think I am full of thanks I live with a loving family I hope my dreams come true I dream of having a good day It’s all clear as can be. That’s positively, absolutely me. 12 years old “You choose your path in life, not anyone else!” 11 years old
12 years old
January Learning Themes Safety Teaching children safe practices to guard against exploitation and dangerous situations that can arise is the responsibility of parents and teachers. With the increase of internet use, today’s children are faced with many different situations. Here at KPA we will be discussing and role playing internet safety, child safety, emergency situations, etc. We will be focusing on empowering children to respond in assertive ways to take measures to protect themselves. It is important to talk and role play with your children on a regular basis about what they can do to be safe in various situations. Thinking Outside Of The Box The intention of Thinking Outside The Box week is to teach critical thinking skills. According to research, critical thinking is the ability to think for one’s self and reliably and responsibly make those decisions that affect one’s life. When we can increase a child’s reasoning skills, it helps to better prepare them to handle a variety of situations such as conflict resolution, peer pressure, anger management and many other life skills children are confronted with on a daily basis. Teaching children to think outside of the box can empower them to solve life’s events in a well thought out manner. During this week we will put our attention to teaching the children to investigate, ask questions, suggest new answers and most importantly think outside the box. In your home look for opportunities to foster critical thinking skills in your daily activities. Responsibility Teaching responsibility is important to help children feel empowered. It is our goal this week to establish a
framework of principles the child can use to reach their full potential. Here at KPA we use a model that gradually shifts a portion of the decision making and responsibilities to the child. This approach helps involve children in promoting personal and social responsibility. Throughout the week of responsibility we teach the children to move away from avoidance to responsibility, developing respect and concern for others. We educate the children to learn to control their own behavior, solve conflicts in a peaceful manner and to feel accountable for their actions. Look for opportunities to promote personal responsibility in your home by holding them accountable for their actions and assigning new challenges. Outlive, Outlast, Out Cope! Stress begins earlier in life for children than we realize. Prolonged periods of stress can cause anxiety and depression. Children learn positive and negative coping skills from watching others and it is important to teach and model appropriate coping skills. Children are capable of learning and using coping skills that will help them through difficult situations. Coping with stress properly can improve learning. During the week of Outlive, Outlast, Out Cope we put our attention on reviewing the coping skills we teach the children and practicing them. Look for opportunities to model and encourage appropriate coping skills in your home by creating a peaceful place in your home that your child can use when stressed. Stress the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating.
Tips for a Healthy Child—Smart Eating With the information highway at our fingertips, it is difficult not to be overwhelmed with all the ads and articles on how to improve our health. Although there are so many strategies you can use, here are some simple ways to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits in children: Eat as a Family Sitting down together at the table can be a positive bonding time for both parents and kids. Eating together also offers the chance for parents to introduce kids to new foods. Try to incorporate nutritious foods on the menu and wait until the whole family is around the table. Serve a Variety of Foods Kids eat mostly what's readily available. Encouraging healthy choices for snacks and meal times means being able to control the food your children have access to. Get Your Kids Involved At the store, teach kids about the nutritional facts labels and how to read them.
In the kitchen, give your kids an age appropriate job while preparing for dinner or while setting the table and cleaning up. More ideas for healthy eating: 1. Make fruits and vegetables a part of your family’s daily diet. 2. Limit the amount of fast food and overly processed food your family eats. Instead, you can offer these treats as rewards or for special occasions. 3. Choose water over drinks and juices that are high in sugar. 4. Eat closer to the ground! The fresher and less processed your food is, the better it will be for you. 5. Choose healthy methods of cooking foods. Foods that are deep fried have a high fat content. Instead, choose to roast, grill, or steam your food.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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Meet a Staff Member Lauren A Woods is originally from Roatán, Honduras and moved to Las Vegas in June 2008. Lauren attended and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. degree in Speech Language Pathology with an emphasis in Child Development and a minor in Afro Ethnic Studies. After graduating, Lauren assisted in running an after school program for middle school students for Walnut Valley Unified School District in
Glen Hayes is originally from Eden, NC and lived in Boston, Sweden, Jordan, and now Las Vegas. He attended college at Boston University and Mars Hill College on a basketball scholarship while studying Psychology. While in Boston he found a program called ON-TRAC for underprivileged kids in the Roxbury, MA area. He coached basketball and incorporated life skills into his trainings. Glen then was recommended by ON-TRAC to help pioneer a national program called Citizen Schools. Glen's responsibility as a Teacher Team Leader was to implement a program with his class to teach other kids basketball. After helping “kids teach kids” in the Roxbury community
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hanks to all the parents and guardians who contributed to our holiday party.
e want to welcome Norma Memo, who joins us as our new Clinical Supervisor and would also like to welcome a new Behavioral Specialist to our team, Erik Badgett.
ur talented Mr. Glen has just received an opportunity to coach basketball in Syria. Glen will be leaving us for five months in January.
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Los Angeles County, CA. Lauren is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration and will graduate April 2011. Lauren has been a Behavioral Specialist at KPA now for 1 ½ yrs. Lauren enjoys working with each child at KPA.
Favorite Color: Black Favorite Skill: Giving Criticism Favorite way to Relax: Sleeping, Listening to Music, and watching Law and Order Favorite Brain Gym: Think of an X Favorite Hobby: Spending time with family and friends, traveling to Honduras, watching movies, and playing with Kaleb.s
for several years, he decided to pursue his dream to play professional basketball and landed in Sweden. After a successful career as a professional basketball player in Sweden he became a professional basketball coach in Sweden and Jordan. Glen was the youngest coach in the Swedish league and continues to coach in the summer pro leagues here in the US. He has been with KPA for 1 ½ yrs as a Behavioral Aide. Favorite Color: Carolina Blue Favorite Skill: Following Instructions Favorite Way to Relax: Working out at LVAC and then steam room Favorite Brain Gym: Positive Points Favorite Hobby: Movies, golf, mini-golf, and cooking tacos.
We wish him the best of luck and will miss him dearly. We hope that he returns safely.
e are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide outpatient mental health services. These services include individual and family therapy. We’re thrilled about expanding our continuum of care and we will share more about our new services next newsletter.
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