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Tykes & Teens Back to School Video Series

Free series provides tips, tools and resources to help parents and students build a resilient return to school

July 18, 2022 – To prepare parents and students for a mentally resilient return to school this fall, Tykes & Teens is once again sharing its free “Mental Health Matters” back-to-school video series. Each segment features leading mental health experts, educators, and students discussing practical tips, tools, and resources on a variety of topics, including anxiety, depression, creating routines for stability , and more.

“We are thrilled to once again share this back-to-school series which remains just as important and relevant today as we continue to deal with the devastating impact of the pandemic on the mental health of our young people,” said the prevention director of Tykes & Teens. Services Dorothée Oppenheiser. “Our goal is to provide prevention services that give students and parents tools and resources to help them through these difficult times so they emerge with resilience.”

Mental Health Matters Back-to-School Video Series:

“Feeling anxious? You’re not alone”

Overwhelmed, stressed and worried about returning to school and in-person activities? How to best prepare, signs of anxiety parents and students should look for, and how to move forward with resilience.

  • Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. – Tykes & Teens Ambulatory Services Director
  • More of a teenage perspective

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“Depressed or just depressed? »

How to support a student with depression? How do you know if you are depressed or just depressed? How do you know when to seek professional help? Signs to look for and tools to create resilient performance.

  • Tamie Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S – Tykes & Teens School Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor

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“Creating Routines for Stability”

How to develop routines that create stability and resilience as you return to school and in-person activities. Tips for creating a path to back-to-school readiness.

  • Andrea Greenlee, LCSW – Tykes & Teens Director of School Services and Psychotherapist
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Hannah Greenlee – A Student Perspective “Changing Vibrations, Changing Lives”

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“Practical steps for students”

After more than a year of crisis and uncertainty, we will provide practical steps from an educator’s perspective on how students can overcome the stress and anxiety of returning to in-person school.

  • Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Anthony Ferro – Teacher at Jensen Beach High School

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“Improving the resilience of young children and the family”

Tools for daycare staff and parents to support children aged 0 to 5 in daily transitions and at the start or return to school. Tykes & Teens is the only provider of infant mental health services and infant and young child mental health consultation on the Treasure Coast.

  • Laura Girlando, LMHC – Tykes & Teens Director of Child Mental Health
  • Elizabeth Appleton, IMH-E® – Tykes & Teens Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Consulting

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Additional resources are available at

For more information about Tykes & Teens children’s mental health programs and services, visit or call 772-220-3439.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit

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