The Crucial Link Between Teen Sleep and Learning
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
1w ago
Sleep is often viewed as a luxury in the fast-paced lives of teenagers. Balancing school, extracurricular activities, social engagements, and part-time jobs can push sleep to the bottom of their priority list. However, the impact of sleep on learning and cognitive function is profound, making it an essential component of academic success and overall well-being. Teenagers are in a critical developmental stage, both physically and mentally. During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant changes, particularly in areas responsible for reasoning, problem-solving, and emotional regulation. Adeq ..read more
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Summer Break Offers a Unique Opportunity for Parents to Connect With Their Teenagers in Meaningful Ways.
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
2w ago
With school pressures lifted, there’s more time for families to bond, create lasting memories, and deepen their relationships. However, bridging the generational gap can sometimes be challenging, as teens often seek independence and time with friends. Finding a balance that respects their need for autonomy while fostering family connections is key. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to connect with teens is through shared activities. But, even more importantly, a great connection point is to recognize some ways in which your teen is different from you and hold that as good news.  ..read more
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Why Interactions with Law Enforcement Can Be Challenging for Individuals with Autism
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
3w ago
Interactions with law enforcement can be challenging and stressful for anyone. However, for individuals with autism, these encounters often pose unique risks and difficulties. Despite increased awareness and efforts to accommodate neurodiversity, people with autism remain particularly vulnerable to negative interactions with police. Understanding why this is the case is essential for fostering safer and more supportive communities. The Nature of Autism Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition characterized by differences in social communication and behavior. Symptoms can ran ..read more
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10 Tips You Are Ready for College: A Checklist for New Grads
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
1M ago
10 Tips You Are Ready for College: A Checklist for New Grads Embarking on your college journey is an exciting, transformative experience. To ensure you’re fully prepared, here’s a comprehensive checklist to help you navigate this new chapter with confidence.  1. Financial Preparedness Create a Budget: Outline your expected income and expenses, including tuition, books, housing, food, and entertainment. Do you have enough money saved up to cover your expenses or do you need to find a job? These are questions you will need to navigate before determining if you are ready.  Financia ..read more
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The Intersection of Mental Health and Neurodiversity: Embracing Differences for a Healthier Society
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
2M ago
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and neurodiversity, both as distinct fields and in terms of their intersection. Understanding this intersection is crucial for fostering an inclusive society that promotes the well-being of all individuals, regardless of their neurological makeup. What is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and respects the natural variations in human brain functioning. Coined by sociologist Judy Singer in the late 1990s, the term promotes the idea that neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD ..read more
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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And There is No Better Month Than May
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
2M ago
Welcome to May, the month where teachers everywhere navigate through a minefield of assessments, end-of-year projects, and students who have collectively lost their minds. It’s like the Wild West of the academic calendar, where chaos reigns supreme and coffee becomes a vital life force. But fear not brave educators! Here’s your survival guide to making it through May with your sanity intact (or at least mostly intact). Embrace the Madness: May is the month where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Your printer will run out of ink, the copier will decide it’s had enough, and that one kid ..read more
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Why Community Support for Youth in the Workplace Matters
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
2M ago
In every community, young people represent the promise of the future. Their energy, creativity, and potential hold the keys to innovation and progress. Yet, for many young people, the transition from school to the workplace can be daunting. This is where the power of community support comes into play. Why is it so crucial for communities to rally behind youth as they navigate the world of work? First and foremost, supporting youth in the workplace fosters economic resilience and growth. By providing opportunities for young people to gain valuable skills and experience, communities not only inv ..read more
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Navigating the Spring Slide: Strategies for Academic Success
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
3M ago
As the vibrant blooms of spring signal the approach of warmer days and outdoor adventures, students often find themselves grappling with a phenomenon known as the “spring slide.” Just as the winter blues can dampen academic spirits, the emergence of spring can usher in a new set of challenges for learners. Understanding and effectively addressing this seasonal shift is crucial for maintaining momentum and achieving success in the classroom. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the spring slide is, its potential impact on students, and practical strategies to overcome it. What is the Spring Sl ..read more
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Supporting Food-Insecure Students During Holiday Breaks: A Teacher’s Guide
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
4M ago
Holiday breaks are a joy for many. However, for some of our students, it can be a time of heightened insecurity, particularly when it comes to food. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to support these students and their families during holiday breaks. In this blog post, we’ll explore some strategies for teachers to help alleviate food insecurity among their students during these times. Raise Awareness: The first step in addressing food insecurity among students is to recognize that it exists. Talk to your colleagues, school leaders, and school social workers to understand the extent of ..read more
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Adventures in Parenthood: Navigating the Wacky World of Special Needs Parenting
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by iCan Dream Center Staff
4M ago
Welcome, dear readers, to another episode of “Life with a Special Needs Child: Comedy Edition!” Strap yourselves in and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the delightful chaos that is many of our parents will recognize oh too well! Let’s set the scene: picture a household that’s part circus, part sitcom, and entirely run by a pint-sized superhero with a flair for the dramatic. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about our darling special needs children, the undisputed stars of our family shows. First off, let’s talk about mornings. While most parents are bleary-eyed zombies stumbling throug ..read more
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