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  1. 1. Page 6 Thursday, May 15, 2014 The Chronicle-News Trinidad, Colorado Parenting a child with ADHDWeb MD Children with ADHD need consistent rules that they can understand and follow. Kids with ADHD should be rewarded for following these rules. Parents often criticize children with ADHD for their behavior, but it’s more helpful to seek out and praise good behavior. Ways to do this include: n Providing clear, consistent expectations, direc- tions and limits. Children with ADHD need to know exactly what others expect from them. n Setting up an effective discipline system. That means learning discipline methods that reward ap- propriate behavior and respond to misbehavior with alternatives such as a time out or a loss of privileges. n Creating a behavior-modification plan to change the most problematic behaviors. Behavior charts that track your child’s chores or responsibilities and that offer potential rewards for positive behaviors can be helpful tools. These charts, as well as other behavior- modification techniques, will help parents address problems in systematic, effective ways. Children with ADHD may need help orga- nizing their time and belongings. You can en- courage your child with ADHD to: n Stay on a schedule. Your child will function best if he has the same routine every day, from wake-up to bedtime. Be sure to include homework and playtime in the schedule. n Organize needed everyday items. Your child should have a place for everything and keep every- thing in its place. This includes clothing, backpacks and school supplies. n Use homework and notebook organizers. Stress the importance of having your child write down as- signments and bring home the needed books. Helpful Tips for Doing Homework You can help your child with ADHD achieve academic success by taking steps to improvethequalityofyourchild’shomework. You can do this by making sure your child is: n Seated in a quiet area without clutter or distrac- tions. n Given clear, concise instructions. n Encouraged to write each assignment in a note- book as the teacher assigns it. n Responsible for his or her own assignments. You should not do for your child what your child can do for him or herself. ADHD and Driving Driving poses special risks for teens with ADHD. The following behaviors associated with ADHD impose serious driving hazards: n Inattention n Impulsivity n Risk-taking n Immature judgment n Need for stimulation Discuss driving privileges with your teen in relation to the overall ADHD treat- ment plan. It is your responsibility to estab- lish rules and expectations for safe-driving behaviors. Kids With ADHD and Relationships Not all children with ADHD have trouble getting along with others. If your child does, however, you can take steps to help improve his or her social skills and relationships. The earlier your child’s difficulties with peers are addressed, the more successful such steps can be. It is helpful for you to: n Recognize the importance of healthy peer rela- tionships for children n Involve your child in activities with his or her peers n Set up social-behavior goals with your child and implement a reward program n Encourage social interactions if your child is withdrawn or excessively shy n Schedule play activities with only one other child at a time n Supervise play activities as your child practices social skills Education RITE OF PASSAGE 305 TSJC graduates honored at spring com- mencement Special to The Chronicle-News Trinidad State Junior College recog- nized 305 degree and certificate graduates of the Trinidad Campus at its annual Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9. Of those graduating, 118 wore caps and gowns and participated in the ceremony.   The keynote speaker for the ceremony, which was held at 10 a.m. in the “Pit,” a grassy amphitheater on the Trinidad State Campus, was Trinidad native and Trinidad State alumnus Jay Cimino. President of Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino began his address by sharing the rich history of Las Animas County and his roots to the area. “I grew up believing Trinidad was the city of champions,” he said, and then continued by sharing examples of champions in his life, in Trinidad and graduating students of Trinidad State.    Cimino encouraged graduates to pursue their passions and shared with them his leadership steps and guiding principles, which start with having a vision. “If your choice is to follow your pas- sion, you’ll have the op- p o r t u n i t y to pursue excellence,” Cimino said, “When ex- cellence is pursued, you can make a difference in your family, your chil- dren, your community and just about ev- eryone you touch.” He closed with a say- ing from A.R. Mitch- ell, a local artist who painted western scenes and who Ciminocitedasachampion:“‘Youlookover the back trail and you see the fine friends you’ve made and you see you’ve managed to make a good living doing something you really loved. So how could anyone ask for more?’” Cimino has been instrumental in inspir- ing growth and change in the local com- munity through the establishment of the Trinidad Community Foundation, Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad, Phil Long Ford of Raton, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness & Com- munity Center and through facilitating plans for La Puerta de Colorado, a proposed downtown revitalization development slat- ed to include a classic-car museum, brew pub and restaurant and other attractions designed to bring tourists to Trinidad. Graduating with Associate of General Studies, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, Shelby Walker told fellow graduates, “Let’s not let today be the end of our learning.” Walker plans to continue her education at Texas Tech Pharmacy School. Career and Technical Honor Graduate Amanda Sturgeon, graduating with a Nurs- ing degree, shared with graduates some insights she learned while visiting China last summer with a student- nursing delegation. “Appre- ciate the choices we have,” she said. “So for the young girl, Alice, that I spent the day with at Xian Jiao Tong University that wanted to be a fashion designer but was put in the nursing program, I promised not to waste the freedoms and the choices I was born with.” Sturgeon continued, “If there are oth- ers who are afraid to go back to school or to continue on with their education, just know that there are many people in this world who do not get to make that choice.” Students with 4.0 GPAs wore gold cords, those with 3.75-3.99 GPAs wore silver cords and those with 3.5- 3.749 wore bronze cords. Also honored were Phi Theta Kappa graduates and graduating students in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Col- leges. “We are proud of each and every one of our graduates,” said Trinidad State Presi- dent Dr. Carmen Simone. During the graduation ceremony, Foun- dation Director Toni DeAngelis recognized alumni class representatives. Those hon- ored included Robert Eades, Class of 2004; Lynn (Pachelli) Rivera, Class of 1994; Jolene Casias, Class of 1984; Donald A. Berg, Class of 1974; Patrick H. Schmidt, Class of 1964; Phillip R. Castle, Class of 1954; and Amalia (Dona) Deitsch, Class of 1944. Photo courtesy of Greg Boyce Adam Sperandio / The Chronicle-News Former Trinidad resident and TSJC graduate, Jay Cimino, gives the keynote address to graduates at the TSJC graduation on Fri- day, May 9. Cimino is the President and CEO of Phil Long Car Dealerships. Adam Sperandio / The Chronicle-News Trinidad State Junior College President Dr. Carmen Simone welcomes graduates, families and friends to the Commencement ceremony on May 9. Special to The Chronicle-News Twenty nursing students from Trini- dad State Junior College went through a traditional “pinning” ceremony on May 10.  A nurses’ pinning is a traditional cer- emony that started with the Crusades of the 12th Century, when a group of knights cared for injured and suffering crusaders. As new monks were brought into the Or- der, they were given a Maltese cross that they wore on their arms. During the 1860s, Florence Nightingale presented a medal of excellence to her hardest-working nursing graduates. Today the pin is a treasured symbol of their association and everlast- ing bond with their nursing school, evi- dence of completing a demanding nursing program and recognition of the history and heritage of nursing.  Each pin is dis- tinctive, representing only one program, and it identifies to others the program from which the nurse graduated.   In Trinidad, graduates with an Associ- ate of Applied Science (AAS/ADN) include Amanda Sturgeon, Amie Lanier, Jes- sica Gowen, Sara Bullock, Carolanne Va- lasquez, Cindy Gutierriz, Greg Williams, Lyndi Quintana and Megan Huffman.   Nursing students from Trinidad were recently inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. This society is for Associ- ate Degree Nursing Students and was cre- ated by the National Organization for As- sociate Degree Nurses.  The inductees included Sara Bullock, Amy Lanier, Amanda Sturgeon, Cindy Gutierriz, Lyndi Quintana and Greg Wil- liams. The students invited into Alpha Delta Nu have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have never made below a B in any nursing course.  In addi- tion,theyhaveshownintegrityandprofes- sionalism while representing the college. The students have participated in various events to promote the nursing program and increase healthcare education in their communities.   Those interested in a career in the field of nursing should call Kelly Hall at 719-589- 7077.  Applications for the fall semester are now being accepted.   Photo courtesy of TSJC Graduating are, from left to right, Carolanne Valasquez, Lyndi Quintana, Amanda Sturgeon, Amie Lanier, Sara Bullock, Cindy Gutierriz, Jessica Gowen,  Megan Huffman and Greg Williams. Trinidad State Nursing grads honored