Teen Speak Teacher Guide
1 out of every 10 youth report not having a trusted adult in their lives. These youth engage in risk behaviors at higher rates than their peers who identify a trusted adult.
Family closeness and attachment has been shown to be the most important factor associated with decreased drug use, delayed initiation of sex and fewer suicide attempts.
In Teen Speak: A guide to understanding and communicating with your teen, Dr. Jennifer Salerno combines her professional expertise in adolescent behavior with a parent's wisdom to help other parents build strong relationships with their teenage children.
Many parents feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable talking with their tweens or teens about sex, body image, substance use, or issues such as suicide and depression. But it's critical to know how to have these difficult conversations to enrich and deepen the parent-child relationship, to encourage informed decision-making, and to prevent serious injuries.
Dr. Salerno provides a detailed road map on how to get the conversation started, using real-world examples of teen-parent interactions and sample responses to common scenarios to support positive change and safer decision-making. This book presents practical communication strategies based on the ways teens think, act and do the things they do. Strategies are presented in an easy-to-use guide for parents and others interested in helping teens.