The Teenage Brain: How Can Parents, Teachers, and Therapists Help Teens Succeed
Real Advice From a Real Therapist
We spoke with Kyra Minichan, head therapist of The Cognitive Emporium on how parents, teachers, and therapists can help teenagers succeed in school and in life.
Kyra is a speech-language pathologist with a master’s in education. She is a mother of two sons and strong advocate for building cognitive skills in the education setting. She lives in Tennessee and focuses on helping the bright, but struggling student.
This is what she has to say:
For Parents: Remember It Is Not About You
For Teachers: Know That FINE is a Dangerous Word
For Therapists: Conduct Your Own Assessment and Make Your Own Diagnosis
Kyra worked with a child who was labeled as having ADHD. The teachers and parents both labeled the child as having ADHD. Kyra conducted her own assessment and learned that the child had sustained a significant concussion. This led to a different treatment plan and course of action that included cognitive intervention. Following treatment, the student was able to obtain an ACT score high enough to get accepted into his college of choice. He is now in his third year without accommodations! A good diagnostician is critical in determining the right action steps and transformation.