All Kinds of News for June 05, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL), a postsecondary vocational school with a wrap-around career support program, mentors many students who struggle with balancing their screen use. To help with this, TFL invited Trine Syverinsen, screen use specialist, educational consultant and parent coach at The Bodin Group, to present to their students on creating healthy screen and life habits.
Trine candidly approached the topic and addressed the habits and obstacles students admitted have been getting in the way of their goals. She invited them to examine and take ownership of their screen use by asking “What role would you like screens to have in your life? How do you feel about the thoughts of creating healthy screen habits?” Trine explained how using compensatory mechanisms can be helpful in remembering and consolidating habits. For many of TFL’s neurodiverse students who struggle with executive functioning, a set of neurological processes that involve self-regulation, this was especially significant.
TechieForLife embraces technology and the career opportunities it affords students while recognizing the importance of using it responsibly to connect, not isolate. “Many of our students with social and emotional challenges have found solace in screen-based activities. Unfortunately, it can lead to overuse that they’re resistant to acknowledge," said Jason Grygla, Executive Director at TFL. “Bringing in an outside expert like Trine effectively backed up what we’ve been working on. We appreciated how well Trine connected with our students and shared useful techniques and tools to create better habits around screen use.”
Trine Syverinsen has extensive experience with individual consultations and public speaking. She is a specialist at engaging her audience as she coaches on how to develop successful parenting strategies around screen use, communication, school avoidance and anxiety, study habits for students with executive functioning challenges and social skills development for students on the Autism spectrum. Trine recently launched a screen use specific parent coaching program. For more information visit: thebodingroup.com.
About Trine Syverinsen
Trine H. Syverinsen, Cand. Polit. has been a consultant at Bodin, located in Los Altos, CA, since 2005. She serves parents of children K-12 who experience social and emotional struggles related to learning differences, school attendance, social difficulties and parent-child relationship challenges. She is passionate about partnering with and helping them create plans for future academic, social and behavioral success. Trine does individual consultations and public speaking engagements on a variety of related topics.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges such as autism receive mentoring at TFL so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.