RMS to Host SpeakUp! Program Promoting Positive Communication for Students and Parents, April 23

Area middle school students and parents are invited to engage in positive and open communication about stress, peer pressure and other topics at Radnor Middle School's first SpeakUp! program on Wed., April 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. at RMS, 150 Louella Ave., Wayne. The event is sponsored by the Radnor Educational Foundation and open to the public.

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., will facilitate the event. She is Lead Psychologist at the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC), Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship award. Dr. Dahlsgaard has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adolescents and young adults and is a frequent lecturer and published author on topics such as child development, psychopathology, mental health and human virtue.

The SpeakUp! organization facilitates interactive, non-lecturing forums that enable students, parents and educators to share honest thoughts, questions and concerns. Its aim is to create lifelong connections and provide a foundation for healthy, meaningful communication.

Attendees will break into groups to candidly discuss pertinent issues such as stress, peer pressure and parent/teen communication. Youth and parents from the same family will not be placed in the same breakout session. RMS student ambassadors determined the topics of conversation and have been trained to help facilitate the groups.

Online registration for the event is requested. Learn more about the topics and talking points for the evening. Check-in will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. on April 23. See official flyer.

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