CSD Counseling Center
I am so excited to be serving your students at Columbia Middle School and High School as the Social Service Specialist. I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Utah, and Burbank reminds me so much of home! I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1998 and moved to the Tri-Cities six weeks later. After spending a decade being a full-time mom to my four children, I went back to school and graduated from Walla Walla University in 2012 with a Master of Social Work degree.
I have a variety of experience working with children, teens, and families. Most recently, I was the program administrator for Elijah Family Homes, a non-profit agency that provides housing for families in substance abuse recovery. I was a group co-facilitator at Cork’s Place children’s bereavement center for two years.
I look forward to working with you and your students this year.
Ms. Tana Bentley, MSW
Depression in Teens:
While some depressed teens appear sad, others do not. In fact, irritability—rather than depression—is frequently the predominant symptom in depressed adolescents and teens. A depressed teenager may be hostile, grumpy, or easily lose his or her temper. Unexplained aches and pains are also common symptoms of depression in young people.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person's ability to read, write, spell, and sometimes speak. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life. The severity of dyslexia can vary from mild to severe. The sooner dyslexia is treated, the more favorable the outcome; however, it is never too late for people with dyslexia to learn to improve their language skills.
Children with dyslexia have difficulty in learning to read despite traditional instruction, at least average intelligence, and an adequate opportunity to learn. It is caused by an impairment in the brain's ability to translate images received from the eyes or ears into understandable language. It does not result from vision or hearing problems. It is not due to mental retardation, brain damage, or a lack of intelligence.
Dyslexia can go undetected in the early grades of schooling. The child can become frustrated by the difficulty in learning to read, and other problems can arise that disguise dyslexia. The child may show signs of depression and low self-esteem. Behavior problems at home as well as at school are frequently seen. The child may become unmotivated and develop a dislike for school. The child's success in school may be jeopardized if the problem remains untreated.