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Stopping Tantrums Before They Start

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Most parents have experienced the mortifying experience of having our children throw tantrums in public. Maybe you’ve had dinner ruined, had to leave a friend’s home, or even had to go and pick up your child at school because of such behavior. At this point, it’s usually best to quietly recite the serenity prayer. Grant me the serenity to accept …

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ADHD and Sleep Issues? Try a little R.E.S.T.

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Think back to those all-nighters you pulled in college, cramming for exams. While you might have survived the test, imagine if you’d been graded on your performance throughout the rest of that day. Chances are you wouldn’t have fared too well. Yet that’s what we do to our kids at school. Sleep issues are very common in children and adults …

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Transitions Course Prepares Students for Life After High School

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Benton Hall Academy is not a fancy school, but it’s filled with hidden gems. One of which is the Transitions program, a mandatory course for seniors developed by lead high school teacher and special education curriculum expert, Larry O’Brien. “Transitions is all about preparing our students for life after high school,” says O’Brien. “Whether or not a student is college …

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The Three T’s Improve Reading Comprehension in Struggling Readers

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Does this sound familiar? You ask your child if they have homework, and he or she responds, “No, just some reading for <insert class here>.” The night goes on, and the reading goes undone. Reading is hard work, especially for students who don’t read efficiently. If your child is easily distracted or struggles with reading comprehension, reading can feel like a …

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One Simple Tool to Help Motivate the Student with ADHD

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For secondary students with ADHD, motivation can be tough to come by. By the time these students reach high school, many are so discouraged by their educational experience they are immune to common motivators, like appealing to their interests, keeping assignments brief and fun, and engaging  in hands-on learning. “I stink at school,” they think. “Everyone thinks I’m a pain, …

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Lizzie’s Story

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By Elizabeth Hackett Benton Hall Academy is not a fancy place. There are certainly not many bells and whistles of a huge campus with state of the art anything. It is a very plain school and gives the appearance of old and worn. But when you have a child that has stepped into an abyss and needs to find a …

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Zoie’s Story

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By Susan Passi-Klaus Benton Hall Academy was our last resort, and our second choice. I first opted for the prettily packaged school a few miles away. It looked like a well-endowed private school should look and it bore the name of a reputable and wealthy supporter. It had all the bells and whistles, including horseback riding lessons, fancy field trips …

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A Mother’s Story

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By Vickie Mercado As my son, Danny, walked up to the podium, my heart was pounding. As he began to clear his throat, over and over, I wondered if he could do it. I wanted to get out of my seat to help him, but I realized he had to do it on his own. I also realized that the …

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Thank you for giving me some peace.

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Watechia Lawless, parent of 7th grader I have to admit that I was on guard waiting for something to happen because of what has happened in the past. We will have a great start and then I would hear things like ” You should send him somewhere else”, “We can’t help him” or “We don’t have time to work with …

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Founder’s Day Article By Susan Sizemore

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34 Years of Success and School’s Founder Celebrated at Benton Hall Academy Founder’s Day Event, Thursday, Oct. 28 Visionary $2,000 contributed to the success of more than 2,000 students Nashville, TN – October 13, 2010 – With a $2,000 investment, a dream to create a unique educational environment and a passion for others, in 1977, visionary John McLaughlin successfully launched …

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