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  1. 1. Dealing With Divorce<br />EDEE 606: Awareness Presentation<br />Beth Thornburg<br />Melanie Kiernicki<br />Matthew Carrington<br />Sarah Propst<br />
  2. 2. Divorce in the United States<br /><ul><li>Divorce rates in the United States are approaching 50%.</li></li></ul><li>Divorce in the United States<br /><ul><li>There are different kinds of divorces.</li></li></ul><li>Divorce in the United States<br /><ul><li>Traveling between two different houses can take its toll on young children.</li></li></ul><li>Divorce in the Classroom<br /><ul><li>Talking to parents
  3. 3. Talking to the student</li></li></ul><li>Student Behavior Relating to Divorce & Separation<br /><ul><li>Anxiety
  4. 4. Aggression
  5. 5. Frustration
  6. 6. Despondency/Sadness
  7. 7. Demand for attention
  8. 8. Guilt
  9. 9. Fear/Worry
  10. 10. Withdrawal
  11. 11. Overcompensation/Need for Achievement
  12. 12. Responsibility</li></ul>*Children cope in different ways and need various levels & types of support<br />
  13. 13. Why may a student be hesitant to accept assistance?<br /><ul><li>Worry of stigmatism
  14. 14. Desire for confidentiality</li></li></ul><li>Student Ability to Deal with Divorce<br /><ul><li>Able to review and revise their own (unique) perspectives
  15. 15. Understand what is happening within their family
  16. 16. Understand the role they play in affecting arrangements and relationships in the family
  17. 17. Recognize and reflect upon their own expectations for the future</li></li></ul><li>Student Ability to Deal with Divorce<br /><ul><li>Younger students benefit from activities that offer distraction
  18. 18. Older students benefit from the opportunity to discuss their feelings
  19. 19. Both groups benefit from peer groups </li></li></ul><li>Student Ability to Deal with Divorce<br /><ul><li>Young children and adolescents still value their parents as their ideal support system</li></li></ul><li>Obtaining Assistance: When to Seek Help<br />If the behavior seems extremely unusual for a particular child, is serious or harmful, and continues for a prolonged period of time<br />
  20. 20. Obtaining Assistance: Who Can Help?<br />Parents<br />School counselors/psychologists<br />Books and online resources:<br /> teacher guide, activities in classroom, how to communicate with parents<br /> articles on guidelines, red flag behaviors, and how to work with others as a team to help students<br /> lesson ideas for teaching about issues of divorce<br />
  21. 21. Obtaining Assistance: Obtaining Assistance for Parents<br />Set up a parent information center or lending library<br />Provide parents with online resources<br /><ul><li></li></ul>Provide a list of books that parents can read with their children <br />Encourage parents to monitor their children’s school progress, and give them information on how to help their children succeed in school<br /><ul><li> has free parent handouts about how to improve study skills and other ways to improve school performance</li></li></ul><li>Obtaining Assistance: Obtaining Assistance for Parents<br />Encourage parents to engage in learning activities with their child at home<br />Encourage parent networking<br /><ul><li>Provide opportunities for parents to participate in school activities and interact with other parents</li></li></ul><li>Obtaining Assistance: Obtaining Assistance for Parents<br />Provide parents with references or suggestions of people that can assist them<br /><ul><li>Local support groups</li></ul> provides a list of the support groups in South Carolina<br /><ul><li>Family counseling agencies</li></ul> provides a list of local counseling agencies<br />
  22. 22. Obtaining Assistance: Obtaining Assistance for Parents<br />Provide parents with references or suggestions of people that can assist them<br /><ul><li>Family therapists</li></ul>American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy is an organization that can provide a listing of trained marriage, family and child counselors in your area. (202) 429-1825.<br /><ul><li>National support</li></ul>Parents Without Partners, Inc., is an international nonprofit membership organization for single parents that provides educational, family and social activities.<br />
  23. 23. Obtaining Assistance: Obtaining Assistance for Students<br /> <br />Online resources <br /><ul><li>
  24. 24.</li></ul>Books<br /><ul><li> is a list of books about divorce for kids of all ages</li></ul>Talk to others<br /><ul><li>Teachers, school counselors, religious leaders, or even peers</li></ul>Student support groups or informal school groups<br /><ul><li> Banana Splits is a school-based support group program, for children who have experienced divorce or death, that schools can use to start their own chapters or access resources</li></li></ul><li>Accommodations: Classroom and School Support<br />Work with the family and school to form a network of support that promotes healthy child development<br />Partnership Model<br />Two-way Communication<br />Appreciating Family Strengths<br />Mutual Problem Solving<br />Keep family involved<br />Invite to school activities<br />Variety of formal and informal communication<br />Communicate with both parents<br />
  25. 25. Accommodations: Classroom and School Support<br />Create a warm, but structured, school and classroom environment<br />Clear limits and routines<br />Atmosphere that welcomes all family types <br />Include all adults that play a role in the child’s life<br />Curriculum materials that portray different types of families positively <br />Peer Mentors<br />
  26. 26. Accommodations: What the Teacher Can Do<br />Act as a role model<br />Children’s behavior and play give clues to the the struggle within<br />Make observations of the child’s attitude and behavior<br />Provide a Supportive Role:<br />Maintaining consistency and discipline<br />Make children feel competent<br />Listen to the child’s point of view<br />Being an Advocate for the child<br />Reach out to the parents<br />Individualized Learning that integrates support<br />Suggest professional guidance<br />
  27. 27. Accommodations: What the Teacher Can Do<br />Incorporate Activities that:<br />Encourage understanding of different family types<br />Help children communicate about their families<br />Increase self-esteem<br />Help children appropriate express their feelings<br />Support positive parent-child relationships<br />
  28. 28. Accommodations: Activities<br />Drawing Pictures<br />Many children have difficulty expressing their emotions in words<br />Family, feelings, Genie Wish<br />Conversation Starters<br />Questions<br />Letter Writing<br />To one or both parents about how he/she feels about divorce<br />Reading children’s books<br />Relatable characters<br />Writing Stories<br />
  29. 29. Books for Dealing With Divorce, Separations, Loss, or Blended Families<br />For Better, For Worse: A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and Their Families, by Janet Bode and Stan Mack<br />Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, by LaureneKrasny Brown and Marc Brown<br />Mom’s House/Dad’s House for Kids, by Isolina Ricci<br />A Smart Girl’s Guide to her Parent’s Divorce: How to Land on Your Feet When Your World Turns Upside Down, by Nancy Holyoke<br />Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech<br />Amber Brown: I, Amber Brown, by Paula Danziger<br />Peak, by Roland Smith<br />The Babysitter’s Club: Stacey’s Choice, by Ann M. Martin<br />
  30. 30. Resources<br />Bender, A. & Coleman, M. (2011). Children of divorce. Scholastic, Inc. Retrieved September 26, 2011 from<br />Civitci, N., Civitci, A., and Fiyakali, N. C. (2009). Loneliness and life satisfaction in adolescents with divorced and non-divorced parents. Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 9(2), 513-525. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EJ 847764) <br />Courtney, A. (2005). Teaching relaxation skills in physical education. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 16(3), 34-35. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EJ 733993)<br />Divorce and children: a collaboration of parents and teachers. Our Children (1999). Retrieved from:<br />Halpenny, A. M., Greene, S., & Hogan, D. (2008). Children’s perspectives on coping and support following parental separation. Child Care in Practice, 14(3), 311-325. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EJ 811207)<br />Haugen, G. M. D. (2010). Children’s perspectives on everyday experiences of shared residence: Time, emotions, and agency dilemmas. Children & Society, 24(2), 112-122. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EJ 871852)<br />
  31. 31. Resources<br />KidsHealth. (2011). KidsHealth: Dealing with divorce. Nemours Foundation. Retrieved September 26, 2011 from<br />Leigh, S., & Clark, J.A. (2000) Activities for helping children deal with divorce. University of Missouri Extension. MU Extension: Columbia, MO. Retrieved from:<br />Leon, K., & Spengler, L. (2005). Helping children adjust to divorce: A guide for teachers. University of Missouri Extension. MU Extension: Columbia, MO. Retrieved from:<br />Lowe, D. F. (2009). Helping children cope through literature. Forum on Public Policy Online, 1, 1-17. Retrieved September 26, 2011 from <br />
  32. 32. Resources<br />Mayseless, O., Bartholomew, K., Henderson, A., & Trinke, S. (2004). “I was more her mom than she was mine:” Role reversal in a community sample. Family Relations, 53(1), 78-86. Retrieved September 26, 2011 from<br />Oesterreich, L. (1996). Divorce matters: Talking with your child’s other parent. Iowa State University Cooperative Extension. Retrieved September 26, 2011 from<br />Wood, J. J., Repetti, R. L., & Roesch, S. C. (2004). Divorce and children’s adjustment problems at home and school: The role of depressive/withdrawn parenting. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 35(2), 121-142. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EJ 732179)<br />What schools are doing to help children of divorce. Young Children: The Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (2000). Retrieved from:<br />
  33. 33. Image Resources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />