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|Rescooped by Lon Woodbury from Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools|
In his 2014 book "Zero to One," Thiel and his co-author Blake Masters write:
The hazards of imitative competition may partially explain why individuals with an Asperger's-like social ineptitude seem to be at an advantage in Silicon Valley today. If you're less sensitive to social cues, then you're less likely to do the same thing as everyone else around you.
If you're interested in making things or programming computers, you'll be less afraid to pursue those activities single-mindedly and thereby become incredibly good at them.
Then when you apply your own skills, you're a little less likely than others to give up your own convictions; this can save you from getting caught up in crowds competing for obvious prizes.
Thiel certainly isn't alone in his thoughts on Asperger's.
A movement called "neurodiversity" started to gain traction in the 1990s largely thanks to Australian sociologist Judy Singer.
Rather than taking autism, dyslexia, and other psychological profiles as pathologies that needed to be cured, neurodiversity considers them to be different modes of intelligence.
So instead of being a liability, something like Asperger's could be an asset.
Leaders in this movement are working together to identify the structures that need to shift for real change to take hold.
The 3 elements talked about are personalized learning, competency based and technology - all are common in private therapeutic boarding schools already. -Lon
Mountain Valley Treatment Center is pleased to announce the creation of a two-week Summer Anxiety Mastery Program, designed especially, but not exclusively, for Mountain Valley Treatment Center graduates (ages 13 to 18) who would be interested in, and benefit from, a refresher course that blends summer fun with exposure-based anxiety treatment.
Interesting possibilities here. If music is active in many areas of the brain, it makes sense that it would potentially heal those areas also. -Lon
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
"Sandy was alone - her world forever changed. Her entire being was altered - the way she thinks, the way she behaves, the way she feels, the way she grows. Her brain is etched with the memories of terror. She carries elements of this trauma with her everyday. She carries elements of her terror into every relationship and every classroom. In so many ways, she was robbed of her future, robbed of her true potential."
Dr. Perry has been in the lead in brain research and interventions and has worked with several schools and programs covered in my publications. -Lon
1. Compassion: According to this overview of the scientific literature by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction,
A study of 3- to 6-year-olds found that kids with pets had more empathy towards other animals and human beings, while another study found that even just having an animal in a classroom made fourth-graders more compassionate.
I have heard the claim, especially by equine therapists, that "the horse is the therapist." I think that applies to virtually all dependent creatures that children (and adults) interact with.. I heard a cute story that dogs were sent to earth to deliver the message of peace. The dogs ate the message, but are still trying to deliver it. :) -Lon
Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million peopl...
Good points. It seems most people need to constantly interact with and be entertained by others or gadgets. Just the imagination and creativity possibilities are expanded with alone time. One of my best jobs during my college years was a summer on a Forest Service Lookout here in north Idaho. In addition to forest fire spotting, I could read, watch sunsets and deer and elk cavorting under the tower. After two months it got very old, but I found that a vast majority of my contemporaries couldn't even spend a couple of days like that. That dependence on others doesn't sound healthy, since its more than just interdependence which natural. -Lon
When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons. I expect...
Gee, there is a lot of common sense in this article. Makes me ask the question: "What are we doing when it comes to educating our young?" -Lon
The next revolution in health care? Empathy | Paul Rosen | TEDxWilmington
This concept used to be called "bedside manners" and he has a good point that medical professionals should "return" to it. The same applies to education. Teachers try, but it is very hard in the system we have built over the last century. to truly have that empathy based on real understanding of each student. -Lon
A small number of preschool children on Medicaid are taking psychotropic drugs—for ADHD or depression—despite limited evidence they're safe for young kids.
When we are talking about a little over 1% of children in the US below the age of 4 taking psychotropic drugs, that is talking about a whole lot of children. -Lon
The kids are not alright... A growing body of research highlights the importance of how kids feel and how they manage those feelings, or not. Emotions drive attention, learning, memory, and decision-making. They affect relationships and psychological well-being. Learning to handle emotions well is especially important in adolescence, a time when neural networks are being sculpted that will influence behavior patterns for life.
The predecessor of therapeutic boarding schools were called "emotional-growth schools" and they were successful for exactly the problems explained in this article. -Lon
And so the incarceral state continues to bully its way into childhood, parenthood, and family life . . .
We already have one of the highest percentage of our population in jail throughout the world. Looks like this percentage might increase as dumb acts, or acts by parents that might be considered risky by a risk averse society, by kids are becoming more criminalized. Not only can this act by government rip families apart and ruin young lives, but the ripple effect is greater. I've talked with several therapists around the country who tell me of parents that are afraid of disciplining their children because the child threatens to report them to the Childrens Protective Service. :( -Lon
|Rescooped by Lon Woodbury from Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education|
Empire of Earth and Medieval 2 Total War made me actually care about school.
Yes there is a positive side to the video game craze among young people. :) -Lon
This has some intriguing suggestions and reasons. I had a math minor in college, but I suspect I didn't go further because I didn't have help unlearning a lot of bad habits I had developed in high school. :( -Lon