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For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

A growing number of schools are offering training for emotional and social skills that can benefit kids in school and throughout their life.
The kids also learned handy visuals, like a remote control for negative thoughts so you can switch channels in your head. Source: Nathalie Dieterle

Sometimes 11-year-old B. comes home from school in tears. Maybe she was taunted about her weight that day, called "ugly." Or her so-called friends blocked her on their phones. Some nights she is too anxious to sleep alone and climbs into her mother's bed. It's just the two of them at home, ever since her father was deported back to West Africa when she was a toddler.

B.'s mood has improved lately, though, thanks to a new set of skills she is learning at school. (We're using only first initials to protect students' privacy.) Cresthaven Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., is one of growing number of schools offering kids training in how to manage emotions, handle stress and improve interpersonal relationships.

At Cresthaven, some fifth-graders like

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