Congratulation to Fairfax County (Va.) School Board, the 10th largest in the country, for moving the high school first class bell from 7:20 to 8am. "The Children’s National Medical Center, who found that teens need up to nine hours of sleep for optimal physical, mental and emotional health. Teens’ sleep cycles tend to start later at night, so trying to go to sleep earlier doesn’t necessarily solve the problem”. This is an enormous change that is so needed.
Many residential treatment programs have students take their classes in the afternoon because the research shows teens brains are not alert and receptive to focused academic requirements in the morning. So, these clever programs provide equine therapy or morning exercise or experiential curriculum to help energize the body first.
"Later school start times in Fairfax could set a trend as experts call for more teen sleep”, Washington Post
About the Author
Jenney Wilder M.S.Ed launched All Kinds of Therapy in 2015, as the only independent online directory for the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare Industry. With an impressive case of ADHD and her starter career in the 90's in Silicon Valley, the dream for creating a website with features like side-by-side comparison and an integrated newsletter was born. Jenney stopped counting treatment centers and all types of schools that she has visited when she hit 500 many years ago.
She was the sponsoring author of the only Economic Impact Study of the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare Industry, which revealed the only true financial figures about this industry (in Utah).
Jenney has a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College (NY) and a Bachelors of Arts focused on History from Wheaton College (MA).