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Guest Opinion: Understanding and rehabilitating the teen brain

by Lavanya Mahadevan

It is 1:30 in the morning. A faint glow emanates from the slightly ajar door of a bedroom. The mother of a 16-year- old opens the door and flicks on the lights.

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Lavanya Mahadevan is a student at Jordan Middle School and won honorable mention for this article in the DuPont Challenge essay contest.

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Posted by Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Very nice and well written op ed. Good thoughts to ponder. Shame it didn't make it on the online version!


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm


The Military has lots of experience in dealing with " the teen brain"

as lives depend upon the right approach which involves

Lots of exercise

Clear rules

Accountability

Clear consequences

Personal and group challenges to build cohesion, personal honor, resilience and self discipline

Teens also needs lots of sleep and "a lights out" on school nights of 10 pm.


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Posted by J.J.
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Great essay! It is both informative scientifically, and persuasive in promoting healthy habits. Keep Was this student in 6th, 7th or 8th when they wrote this piece?
Whatever your age, keep up the good work!


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