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Social and Emotional Development

Mulling It Over with Bob Houghtaling

Release Date: 10/29/2021

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Mulling It Over with Bob Houghtaling

Building Connections Episode 20 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling Starfish Circle II Lindsey Miga discusses mental health, college transition and her helping High School students cope during a time of great uncertainty. Special emphasis is placed on child development as well as her creating a survey which looks into High School aged youth’s attempts to navigate through many present challenges.  

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Building Connections Episode 19 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling RecoveryTV RI John Tassoni, Vice President of the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council, as well as a former State Senator and host of Recovery Radio, discusses the current climate regarding treatment and prevention. His new television show, RecoveryTV RI, addresses the need for us to collaborate with each other to create a viable network of services. Using a no-nonsense approach Mr. Tassoni is a powerful advocate for those in need.

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Building Connections Episode 18 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling Looking Back–Moving Ahead  Kathy and Bob discuss the incredible guests that have visited Building Connections during the course of 2021. Individuals from the Mental Health Field, law enforcement, town government, youth groups, athletics and prevention programs, are among those highlighted. We look forward to 2022. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. See you soon – Kathy & Bob

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Building Connections Episode 17 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling Leading the Way Elizabeth Beisel, three-time Olympic swimmer, joins Kathy and Bob to discuss challenges regarding mental health, time management and staying grounded while competing at the highest level. Special emphasis is placed on her raising awareness for cancer research, by swimming to Block Island, as well as lessons learned through athletics. A respected Captain and role model, Elizabeth continues to explore ways to help others. Block Cancer Donation -  

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Building Connections Episode 16 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling The Art of Prevention Danielle Jahnke, coordinator for a Drug-Free Community grant, discusses her work in the Kent County area. Focusing on the LGBTQ community, her work seeks to ameliorate substance related concerns through a myriad of strategies. Significant emphasis is placed on how the arts can be a powerful tool for addressing drug abuse.  

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Kelly Wishart, Chief Operating Officer for Coastline EAP, discusses her work and how it supports employees struggling with mental health/substance abuse concerns. Special emphasis is placed on creating safe and supportive workplace communities.

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Building Connections Episode 14 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling Taking a STAAND  Kimberly Maine, Advisor, along with Esmeralda Gonzalez and Tiffany Garant, from STAAND (Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions), discuss their outstanding work in West Warwick addressing tobacco use, substance abuse, and mental health concerns. The group is extremely active helping to enhance policy as well as promoting alternatives to alcohol use. It should be noted – they seem to be having a lot of fun doing good things for their community.

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Mulling It Over with Bob Houghtaling

Social and Emotional Development The Covid-19 Crisis has impacted students in many ways – one of the most salient being Mental Health. In addition to placing kids under stress and distancing them from supports, Covid has also led to situations that have delayed emotional maturation. In short, isolation appears to have negatively influenced how young people handle social interactions and challenges. I have coined a pop diagnosis called Interrupted Community Engagement Disorder (I.C.E.D.) which attempts to detail how 18-20 months of stress, loss and isolation have affected child/adolescent...

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Building Connections Episode 13 with Kathy Sullivan & Bob Houghtaling Something Important to Hear Kathi and Chris Sullivan revisit Building Connections to discuss their important work addressing substance abuse and mental health. Emphasis is placed on underage drinking, parenting, cultural norms and stigma. Both agree that adults setting limits are essential.

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Lucy’s BoothEpisode 33 with Sophie Brusini and Bob Houghtaling Under the Sea Darian Lisle, an Aquarist, discusses her work at Mystic Aquarium. Special emphasis is placed on how she got involved with studying sea life as well as the importance of protecting our oceans. Finally, significant detail is given to the many awesome wonders that are hidden beneath the waves.

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Social and Emotional Development

The Covid-19 Crisis has impacted students in many ways – one of the most salient being Mental Health. In addition to placing kids under stress and distancing them from supports, Covid has also led to situations that have delayed emotional maturation. In short, isolation appears to have negatively influenced how young people handle social interactions and challenges.

I have coined a pop diagnosis called Interrupted Community Engagement Disorder (I.C.E.D.) which attempts to detail how 18-20 months of stress, loss and isolation have affected child/adolescent development. While not an official malady I.C.E.D. is something many students, counselors and educators have seen and/or experienced.

A concern of mine, which has been exacerbated by the Covid situation, centers around young people’s diminished capacity to handle everyday stressors. Some of the reasons for this might be excessive computer time, separation from peers, academic pressure and a distorted view that says “you can’t make mistakes”. We need to enter into good and healthy discussions (preferably in person) which tells students it’s OK to risk a few errors on the way to greater understanding.

The recent release of the state’s RICAS scores indicates a significant drop in student’s Math and English skills mastery. Many reasons will be offered – distance learning, blended models, school closings, etc., etc. While these should all be factored in, so must social and emotional competencies. Kids who are unprepared in terms of normal maturation are most likely finding transitioning to a higher degree of school expectations somewhat challenging. I am worried that we will begin to ‘pile it’ on regarding schoolwork in an effort to catch up. The new fad seems to be addressing Learning Loss by adding more work. This could have negative effects.