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    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents

    Why do they act that way? That is the question all parents of teenagers have asked themselves at one time or another. Understanding those not children, but not yet adult humans that take over the house is no easy feat. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for elders, and spend all their time sleeping and playing video games. This course addresses what modern teens face today and delves into physiological and psychological issues that turn our loving kids into surely teenagers.

    Program Name

    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents

    Program Code

    PD-APG01

    Website Short Description

    Why do they act that way? That is the question all parents of teenagers have asked themselves at one time or another. Understanding those not children, but not yet adult humans that take over the house is no easy feat. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for elders, and spend all their time sleeping and playing video games. This course addresses what modern teens face today and delves into physiological and psychological issues that turn our loving kids into surely teenagers.

    Duration

    1 month

    Hours

    24

    Language

    English

    Outline

    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 1
    Adolescent Brains & Impulsiveness

    In Module 1 we will explore the gap that forms between adolescents and their parents. We will delve into the adolescent brain and identify how teens change physically, mentally, and emotionally during the adolescent years.

    Making Sense of Adolescence
    What Adolescents Face Today
    The Gap Between Parents and Their Kids
    Appreciating Adolescents
    Physical Changes in the Teen Brain
    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 2
    Communication & Sexual Identity

    In Module 2 we will focus on communicating with the adolescent. Tips and tools for learning good communication skills will be shared. Also, we will identify the trials teens face while exploring his or her sexual identity during adolescents and list some effective tools for addressing sexual identity with teens.

    Parent-Adolescent Miscommunication
    Good Communication Skills
    Male and Female Brains
    Sexual Stereotyping and Identity
    Love, Sex, and the Adolescent Brain
    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 3
    Media, Sleep, & Mental Illness

    Module 3 describes the physical changes in an adolescent’s body and addresses why teens sleep patterns tend to change during these years. Another important topic discussed in this module is mental illness in teens. How to know if your child is testing his or her boundaries or if there may be an underlying factor that may require intervention.

    Adolescents and Media
    Media Use
    Media in Teens’ Lives
    Sleep and the Teen Brain
    Adolescent Mental Illness
    A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 4
    Psychological & Social Dimensions of Adolescence

    Module 4 will define how teens react to the physical changes that take place during adolescents and give parents/adults some guidelines on the best way to help teens through these changes. Emotional changes are also discussed and finally, peer relationships and the important influence friends have on the adolescent.

    Four Major Changes
    Reactions to Physical Changes
    Reactions to Emotional Change
    The Shift of Influence from Parents to Peers
    The Search for Identity

    Audience

    There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is designed for anyone desiring to enhance their skills or learn the topics covered in the class.

    Instructor Description

    This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.

    Required Materials

    Internet Access:
    Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.

    Hardware:
    1 GB RAM minimum recommended

    PC/Windows:
    Windows XP, Vista or 7

    Mac computers:
    Mac OS X 10 or higher
    MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)

    Software:
    Google Chrome is the best browser for this course
    Cookies MUST be enabled
    Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
    Kindle Reader App is needed for many courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
    Adobe PDF Reader
    Adobe Flash Player
    Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
    PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)

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