Brainstorming Blog

Hindsight is 2020; hindsight is now.

The events of 2020 are converging, and hindsight is now. We don’t need to wait for the future to reflect on this present time to remember that compassion and empathy are fundamental ingredients for humanity.

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Honoring Jeremy

It has been one year since Jeremy’s passing. Please join us in honoring and remembering Jeremy with this short video. https://youtu.be/91-rAhYSX1M

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Reflections and Intentions

As the holiday season approaches and seeks to wrap us with joy, gratitude and the love of friends and family, we are also starkly reminded of our loved ones lost. At the Avielle Foundation, our thoughts turn to the 7th anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including

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Music is a Protective Factor

The University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute recently published their research tracking the impact of music education on the developing brain, specifically children who live in poverty, an indicator of Adverse Childhood Experiences. The preliminary results show positive outcomes for students exposed to music education. The study revealed

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Brain Health the Paradigm Shift We Need

We use the term “brain health” because mental health is intangible; it comes with the fear, trepidation, shame, and stigma of the unknown. The invisible world of ‘mental’ illness often comes with a label (“You are… depressed, bipolar, ADHD, etc.”) and, more often than not, creates a barrier to people getting

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National Geographic: What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

Earlier this summer Lynn Johnson, a photo journalist with National Geographic, visited The Avielle Foundation. Lynn was working with journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on an article investigating the science of behavior, specifically what makes us violent and compassionate. They traveled the country interviewing and photographing experts studying violence and compassion as well

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How to Manage Back to School Anxiety

Back to school can be like landing a plane after an exciting trip. Summer allows for looser structure, individual exploration, late nights, new friends, and spontaneity. With all this excitement we want to give our children the longest runway to get back into the school year routine. Re-introducing the home

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Back to School Can Test Our Compassion

As the end of summer nears the excitement and anxiety of back to school begins for school age families. Transitioning from the free flow of summer to the structure of the school year can be a challenge. For families with nontypical learners, the stress of this time of year is amplified,

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How Trauma Lodges in the Body

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and a member of The Avielle Foundation Science Advisory Board, joined Krista Tippett for the March, 9th 2017 episode of the On Being podcast. Dr.

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