An Evening Lecture with Author Julie Lythcott-Haims Talking about Teens

Julie was Dean of Freshman at Stanford University and she noticed a growing trend over recent years. Many students were struggling with depression and anxiety about school and life because these young adults' sense of independence hadn't been cultivated. She is a dynamic speaker and understands the pressure of students and parents wanting their teens to attend a highly regarded college. In a parent's effort to help their teen maintain a high GPA for college entrance, many parents will do some of … [Read more...]

One Quote That Will Motivate Your Teen Today

      SUCCESS One Quote That Will Motivate Your Teen "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali"  – Muhammad Ali" Reopen … [Read more...]


Kimberly Schehrer Solutions Consultant for Teen's Struggling in School to Optimize Overall Success and Accelerate Academic Performance This article concerns the teen's brain regarding addiction and impulsive behaviors. The frontal cortex of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. One reason many teen's have challenges with executive functioning skills which include emotional control, flexibility in thinking, planning, prioritizing tasks, and objective awareness of … [Read more...]

Recent Autism Research

A friend of mine sent me this article in an email and I found this inspiring because autism may be able to be identified earlier than once thought. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Using 3 brain scans instead of one could improve odds of autism diagnosis, UAB researchers say. Written by Amy Yurkanin | A new technique to scan and measure three different parts of the brain could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism, … [Read more...]

Feel Joy In 30 Minutes!

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."  - Carl Jung. Shifting your state of mind involves your thoughts and your feelings.  Shifting your thoughts to a more positive state elevates your mood.  Likewise, happy feelings trigger more positive thoughts.  Taking control of both pathways to happiness can be achieved by setting aside 30 minutes a day to meditate, exercise, and note the accomplishment of nourishing … [Read more...]

Welcome to The Academy for Independence Blog

Happy New Year 2015! For many of us, part of the New Year tradition is making resolutions.  There is a difference for me between Resolutions and Intentions.   Resolutions seem to command a firm commitment and can lead to frustration when we are met with challenges in keeping to our resolutions.  Often, guilt feelings are the result of failing to adhere to our firm commitments.  Instead,  I like to focus on Intentions.  Intentions seem less commanding and more permissive of the challenges as … [Read more...]