The Westport Day School
Therapeutic Education Cultivating Mindfulness, Ethics, and Wisdom

Announcements

  • September 4, 2014 - Parent Support @ WDS

    Parents of kids with unique educational needs often experience stress. Research tells us that social support is an excellent buffer against stress, which is one reason why we created the WDS Parent Group.

    This group will meet once per month on Friday mornings from 9 -10 am exclusively for WDS parents. More details to follow!

  • August 1, 2014 - Mindfulness

    Our clinical psychologist, Dr. Mark Beitel, conducts research on mindfulness. Mindfulness involves non-judgmental awareness of the present moment and is central to the WDS educational model. His most recent article can be found at:

    Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization

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  • School Refusal - Mark Beitel, Ph.D.

    "Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free... Educations shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms... Parents have a prior right to chose the kind of education that shall be given to their children" (United _Nations 1948).

    Access to education is a basic human right that is protected by US law. However, some children are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of their right to education. One subgroup of these children is referred to as "school refusers." School refusal has been defined as "child-motivated refusal to attend school or difficulties remaining in school for an entire day" (Kearney 1996). School refusal stands in contrast to truancy, which is more associated with conduct problems (Berg 1993).

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