Sometimes the truth is both a blessing and a pain.
Art therapy is a field based on the concept that art making and the creative process can be leveraged to support health and well-being in children, adults, families and groups
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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
So why is group therapy so helpful? Below, Miller and Hess shared five benefits.
Sometimes - not always - getting students to apologize for their misconduct and making them understand the seriousness of their actions are more effective than anything else.
They are talking about restorative justice here, and seem to have some problems with it as an alternative to to suspension, etc. I've seen it be very effective when used in therapeutic boarding schools and maybe the goals are different. The comments in this article focus on curing the disproportionate percentage of black males or LD students being disciplined/suspended. The focus I've seen of it in therapeutic boarding schools is to help the students grow to be more receptive to learning, and largely through interaction with their peers. The article mentions nothing about peers, so sounds like their attitude is for adults to impose something on the kids hoping to cure social problems. A different goal from therapeutic boarding schools. -Lon
Noe Niño de Rivera spent nearly two months in a medically induced coma after a Texas school resource officer shocked him with a Taser in November 2013. Niño de Rivera, who was 17 at the time, had been trying to break up a fight between ...
I think its deeper than that.Violence by authorities is in the news often anymore and it is wider than just schools. Tells me fear is growing in our society. Regarding schools, in the 1990s we started calling police for school infractions that used to be handled by the administration and parents. Police are often stationed in schools, and entrance to some require going through metal detectors. Perhaps one cause that should be talked about is if the "economies of scale" huge schools with more hormone hopping teens together in one place than I suspect at any time in history should be rethought, many of them there because they are forced there. There are fabulous results with schools that are small enough to build a close knit community - something like 200 kids or less, or not more than 500. -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
Many of the children we work with have parents whose marriages didn't work. This has some intriguing ideas as to why marriages don't work. -Lon
At Georgia State University, algorithms alert advisers when a student falls behind in class. Course-planning tools tell students the classes and majors they're likely to complete, based on the performance of other students like them.
This reminds me of about a century ago when the newly developed IQ test was used by pioneer psychologists and educators to predict future performance and placement decisions were then made which had a great impact on the student's futures (I think these professionals were full of themselves and their toys). The example I remember reading was in the 1920s when leading educators, in an attempt to better utilize scarce resources, determined to not allow girls to take algebra and geometry because that would be of no value to housewives and boys needed those resources to prepare them for work. So much for the enlightened ability of the intelligentsia :). -Lon
A boy was waiting outside of his school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last week when a stranger approached. The man allegedly encouraged the boy to ride home with him in his car. The boy refused and the incident was reported to police.
The sounds like we are operating out of fear and scarcity. :( -Lon
Nearly 70 per cent of people taking SSRIs, the main type of antidepressant, did not meet the criteria for clinical depression, researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry claim.
Sounds like the "magic pill" attitude is alive and well. That is, a pill for every problem. :( -Lon