School Psychologist

Chris Tufts, Ed.S.


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Alston Ridge Elementary

West Cary Middle School

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School Psychologists:


  • improve academic achievement
  • promote positive behavior and mental health
  • support diverse learners
  • create safe, positive school climates
  • strengthen family-school partnerships
  • improve school-wide assessment and accountability

BACK TO SCHOOL~The Power of Mindfulness

As families head back to school this Summer and Fall, a number of stress triggers can make for a chaotic transition. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress by helping us to notice and "name" the stress culprit, and make our own decision about how we will react. Once we learn, and practice, the skill of recognizing our emotions, we are better able to control our reactions. Read this article from childmind.org to learn more. Check out the video below to hear these children's perspective on the benefits of mindful breathing.
"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

~Resources~

Alliance Behavioral Health Care

Alliance offers mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services to children and adults in Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties through a large network of private providers.

About me:

  • Born in Vineland, NJ
  • Moved to North Carolina in 1987
  • Attended University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and University of Kentucky
  • School psychology experience: Dallas Independent School District, Durham Public Schools, Wake County Public School System
  • Specialty areas: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Previous Posts

Classroom Accommodations for TBI

Posted 4/26/17. Structuring the environment is often helpful for students who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The following excerpt from brainline.org provides helpful information regarding typical classroom accommodations that can be considered when a child returns to school.


For more information, refer to the complete article.