Mental health in teens at Grand Ledge High School

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future. Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students. “Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said.

Keep kids in school, cops say, or they may end up in jail

By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan police officers are hoping to lessen the frequency of suspensions and expulsions in the state’s schools to help fight crime. The problem with out-of-school suspensions is students might not be supervised when they are told not to come to school, said Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Dave Schnurstein. “Sending them home can be an adequate punishment but in many households, and certainly in many lower income households, the kids are just home alone,” Schnurstein said. “Some kids, that’s what they’re hoping for. “When they’re not at school then they have the opportunity to get in criminal acts,” he said.

Little screens may teach skills to teens with autism

By MATTHEW HALL
Capital News Service
LANSING – Video-based teaching methods could change the way Michigan schools educate teens with autism. Videos shown on computers and iPads successfully demonstrated to teenagers with autism how to behave in new social situations, according to the latest research from Michigan State University. Autism is a developmental disorder that hampers a person’s ability to communicate and understand others. Basic milestones in development, such as pointing out an object to someone else, or later milestones such as reading body language or facial cues, can be challenging to teens with autism depending on where they are on the autism spectrum, experts say. Video technologies have proven successful in one-on-one teaching with younger children, experts said.