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PW! Update November 8, 2022

Announcements

November is National American Indian Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Resources here…

The survey will close 11/18/22 so don't delay! Participants who complete the survey and leave their information will be entered to win a restaurant gift card and/or pool passes. Fill out the survey here: Take the Community Health Survey!

Clallam County Health and Human Services Community Health Survey is open until November 18. Make your voice heard today! Spanish version available here.”

Calendar & Events

Gaming Concerns, Balance, Addiction & Opportunities

This session will help families create healthy gameplay boundaries based upon credible peer-reviewed research, stories, and first-hand examples of the positives and negatives of online gaming. We will also examine the research surrounding the debate of gaming addiction. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaming-concerns-balance-addiction-opportunities-tickets-418181611457

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BUILDING YOUR BOUNCE: PROMOTING ADULT RESILIENCE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022 | 9:00 - 11:00am MST (Arizona Time)

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Building Your Bounce is a presentation designed to take you to a place of greater strength, determination, and resiliency. Participants are sure to leave this presentation with energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to make a few positive changes in their lives that will lead to greater happiness and fulfillment.

Despite all the good online, it would be negligent not to acknowledge the fact that there is concerning content that both parents and youth need to know about from an emotional, psychological, physical, social and cognitive standpoint. This webinar covers the categories of major concern that both parents and youth should be alive to, and how parents can talk about these concerns in an enlightening and not frightening way.

Parenting

12 Books to Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage

Reading books by Native authors is one great way to celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Look for some of these titles at your library or local bookstore.
12 Books to Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage
Reading books by Native authors is one great way to celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Look for some of these titles at your library or local booksto
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The Flu: What Parents Need to Know

Flu—short for influenza—is an illness caused by a respiratory virus. The flu can spread rapidly through communities, as the virus is passed person to person.

When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, the influenza virus gets into the air. Then, people nearby, including children, can inhale it through the nose or mouth.

The virus also can be spread when people touch a contaminated hard surface, such as a door handle, and then put their hands or fingers in their nose or mouth, or rub their eyes.

Article here…

5 Mental Health Hacks to Do With Your Kids

Little ones can feel nervous and overwhelmed, too. Try these 5 mental health tricks to lower anxiety and increase healthy brain chemistry.

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The best physical activities for kids at every age

What should your child be doing at different ages and stages of growth? Check out these foundational activities. Read more

Screen-Time Recommendations for Children Under Six

Parents wonder whether screen time is educational, distracting, or both. It’s important to consider how and how much your little ones use screens.

Screens Are Everywhere: Everywhere you look, there’s a screen with bright pictures and interesting noises—phones and computers, tablets and TVs. You may wonder if all this technology is good for babies and toddlers. Is it educational, distracting, or some combination of the two? It turns out that’s a great question to ask.

Recommended Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommendations for children’s use of “screen media.” Here’s what the Academy says is best for each age:

  • Birth through 18 months
    Avoid all screen media—phones, tablets, TVs and computers. (It’s OK to video chat with grandparents and far-away friends.)

  • 18 months to 2 years
    It is OK to introduce young children to high-quality children’s media if you watch it with them and help them understand what they’re seeing.

  • 2 to 5 years
    Limit screen use to one hour a day of high-quality programs designed for children. Watch with your children; explain what they’re seeing and how it applies to the world around them.

News and Research

How to Know When Teens Need Help

More than a year after the AAP joined with other organizations to declare a national emergency in youth mental health, many teens are still struggling. Still, parents may wonder whether the symptoms are part of the biological and social changes all young people go through on their way to adulthood, or something more. In this HealthyChildren.org article, adolescent medicine specialist Richard J. Chung, MD, FAAP, discusses signs to watch for in teens and when to seek professional support.

Building Blocks for Healthy Self-Esteem

Self-esteem plays a central role in a child's motivation and achievements in school, social relationships and their ability to bounce back from setbacks. Here are 12 building blocks of healthy self-esteem and how to help reinforce them in your child.

Anxiety disorders can be one of the hardest mental health issues to identify, but statistics show they can affect one in every eight children. The problem lies in that everyone experiences anxiety at times, but it is important to be aware of extreme cases that can eventually become debilitating over time.

Despite the difficulty, there are symptoms to look out for in your teenager, to clue you in if your child is suffering from a social anxiety disorder, or social phobia.

We've laid out five key indicators you should look out for if you are concerned for your teen's social and mental health. Read More

VESTIBULAR SYSTEM: Bring Back Playground Equipment with a Little Danger - Integrated Learning Strategies (ilslearningcorner.com)

When I was in elementary school, we had an awesome playground. We called it the big toy. It was this massive wooden fortress. One side had rows and rows of monkey bars and rings. We had bars we could swing around on and dangle upside down from. We had multiple slides, tires to climb, bridges to cross, fire poles, and it was the perfect set up for playing tag. I’ve since been back to that same school and the playground made me want to cry a little. I’m not even sure you could consider the current playground as being a quarter of the size of the old one. They have a few low slides, very little to climb, no rings, no bars to dangle from and tag is out of the question. It’s very safe and also very boring.

So it’s no surprise to me to see a rise in the reports of children with ADHD diagnoses and learning disabilities, and to hear kids proficient in school claiming it’s boring. Playground free-play stimulates the vestibular system. The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, is responsible for balance and coordination. Carol Stock Kranowitz in the Out of Sync Child, says, “The vestibular system tells us where our heads and bodies are in relation to the surface of the earth. It tells us whether we are upright, upside down, or at a tilt; and whether objects are moving or motionless in relation to our body. It also informs us where we are going and how fast, and if we are in danger or in a relaxing place.”

Employment/Volunteer Opportunities

Recruiting Program Staff: Guiding Good Choices

Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition continues to serve six families at this fall's Guiding Good Choices workshop. This workshop is for parent and caregivers in Port Angeles with 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is our first series offering childcare along with dinner, and it has been a big success. To help us build capacity to reach more families, we are looking for more childcare providers and interested facilitators.

Guiding Good Choices is beloved program from the University of Washington to support families with children growing into early adolescence. Together participants explores how to navigate these changes, and challenges alongside parent program leaders and fellow parents, grandparents and caregivers.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a trained facilitator or co-facilitator, at no cost, reach out to our Coordinator, Rachel Ray at 360-565-2637 with any questions. To be considered for a childcare position, email us your resume at Rachel.Ray@clallamcountywa.gov. Both positions are fully paid with funds from Washington Health Care Authority.


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