About Lynne Kenney

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a Harvard trained psychologist, a mother of two, an international educator, and pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ. Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service from the inner cities of Los Angeles to national organizations such as The Neurological Health Foundation, Understood.org, HandsOn Phoenix, and Points of Light (Generation On). Dr. Kenney’s works include the Social-Emotional Literacy program Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking; Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids and 70 Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior. Learn more at www.lynnekenney.com. Lynne is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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Articles by Lynne

Difficult Getting Students to Focus? Try the Flashlight Technique

Difficult Getting Students to Focus? Try the Flashlight Technique

“How do I teach the flashlight technique” for re-directing attention in a “super easy way”. As always, we begin with collaboration. Talk with the child 1:1 in a kind and collaborative manner and tell him that you have been noticing he has difficulty keeping his attention focused on the work in class, ask him if he has noticed as well. Then have the “cognitive conversation” bringing to... 

How Much Water Should My Child Drink to Be Healthy?

How Much Water Should My Child Drink to Be Healthy?

True or false? More than 50% of children in a Harvard study were not adequately hydrated?  True! “More than half of children and teenagers in the United States might not be properly hydrated, according to a nationwide study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. In fact, 54.5% of the students in the study had urine concentrations that qualified them as below their minimum daily water... 

I’ll Give This “10”: How to Help Kids Reframe BIG Feelings

I’ll Give This “10”: How to Help Kids Reframe BIG Feelings

How can you help kids deal with BIG feelings or emotions? With all the stress kicked into high gear by the holiday season -or any time kids are overly anxious- help children to understand and reframe their feelings and life experiences by having a Cognitive Conversation that recognizes and acknowledges their emotions and then lets them decide how long they want to continue to feel that way… Consider... 

Election 2016: Are Our Fears Becoming Our Kids’ Phobias?

Election 2016: Are Our Fears Becoming Our Kids’ Phobias?

“She should be arrested”… “if he is elected millions will be deported”… “no-one will be able to afford healthcare”… “our country will be bankrupt”…“if he”… “if she”… More than any other time in recent history, Election 2016 is showing us a country divided – one that is filled with anger and hostility and fear – and our children are bearing witness.   Depending... 

5 Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Kindness in Your Family

5 Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Kindness in Your Family

Kindness is making a comeback and we’re psyched! How we got away from the simple pleasures of a neighborly wave to passersby, a nod to the old man on the street and an invitation to sit with others at the school band concert, we’re not quite sure. Yet, we’re happy that national organizations including GenerationOn, HandsOn, and Be Kind People are hosting online and in school events to bring... 

Send Your Kids Off to School Without the Morning Chaos

Send Your Kids Off to School Without the Morning Chaos

We’ve all been there, maybe you were even there this morning. Kids won’t get out of bed, your boss called, he wants the project plan today and you forgot to get groceries last night. “It’s all gonna be fine”, you tell yourself. That’s right, use those positive self-talk sentences. Research shows that speaking kindly to yourself actually increases helpful neurochemicals. They’ll...