Originally Posted by Alix
And Kathleen, bravo to you for being the champion of the teens out there! I work with teens everyday too, but I suspect I work with a different demographic. LOL! In the last 15 years I've seen the segment I work with explode. Our wait list is horrific at the moment. I don't mean to suggest that gaming is the CAUSE of problems, but I do think it can be a contributor. One of the first things we do with every adolescent coming in to the program is find out how much "screen time" they get each day at home. The next step is putting some pretty tough limits on that time.
I've sure enjoyed this thread. Hope I've clarified things a bit. I sure wouldn't want anyone to get the impression I don't like teens or think they're a bunch of yahoos. I live with 2 and love them beyond words, and I enjoy working with them too. I think they teach me more than I teach them!
Once I worked only with the troubled population, but I now work with a tremendous range; however, I am sure we still share some of the same teens. (Or you will eventually send them back to me.
) Wait lists for kids in high crisis or need are frightening. Bravo to you for working with them. It takes special people to connect with them.
Most of the students invited to my office are rarely there for happy reasons.
I've often said that I would not wish my job on anyone, but I absolutely love it. I know you understand that.
So...what do you serve for nerd night???