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What makes them tick: Supporting (and encouraging) student's strengths

What makes them tick:  Supporting (and encouraging) student's strengths | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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In my recent scoop from the New York Times entitled "Defining Dislexia" (http://sco.lt/50a4g5)   I read a particularly interesting piece:  

 

"Traditionally, a diagnosis is something devised by distant experts and imposed on the patient. But I believe we must change our understanding of what role we should play in defining our own diagnoses."


It's a funny thing.  The people doing the diagnosing are basing their decisions on scientifc "facts".  Indeed, "facts" are more often proved wrong by science, for one reason or another, over time. Science is more art than the scientists want to believe.  New information over time changes how we understand the world.  


If you want to understand something like dyslexia (or ADHD, for example), you will need to live it; live "with" it or observe it with a keen eye,  firsthand,  and over time.  Only then will you see the gifts that "come with".  They are plenty.


 I have questioned the deficit model with which we view these things for decades.  This view is a straight jacket for the person being observed. It is a 'glass is half empty" approach to a situation in which the school environment is most often a poor match for those things that are the individual's livelihood.  The high-stakes testing and increased requirements for core academic content compound the misery for certain populations of students.  


If your training/experience and expectations from your employer  cause you to grab a Wechsler to understand the student, please consider spending an equal amount of time learning who the student is; what makes them tick; what are they passionate about; how do they spend their free time.  Recommendations should reflect a plan of support that celebrates, supports and encourages the strengths.  After all, this is what will carry them long after they leave the halls of our schools.  

 

 

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More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern

More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A marked increase over the last decade in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could fuel growing concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
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I have struggled with understanding ADHD for decades.  

 

On one hand, I feel young children with driven, physical behavior; lack of  impulse control and minimal  "mindfulness" are at serious risk for other mental health issues.  I also worry about life-quality risks because of the sheer number of times people have to intervene, redirect and often "punish".  I've witnessed, first-hand, how medication can decrease all of that to a very large degree.  

 

Still, I've also witnessed first hand how all of this can change over time.  Impulse control and  mindfulness can increase; the physically driven behavior can decrease.  

 

It is a conundrum.  Medication may increase things that are good for the child and decrease the things that are not so good for the child.  But at what cost?  It truly can change 'who they are'. There is a cost.  

 

Loving relationships that are tolerant and non-punitive will go a long way toward teaching the child skills they currently lack.  

 

It is important that they emerge in adolescence still able to like the person in the mirror.  

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About ADHD: Thinking Fast and Slow

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I've had a theory brewing for a few decades. It's about ADHD. My theory is that some people have been gifted with the adroit ability to think and move quickly; they ride life like a stallion, seein...
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new blog entry..........

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» ADHD & Parenting: 4 Mindfulness Techniques to Curb Stress - World of Psychology

» ADHD & Parenting: 4 Mindfulness Techniques to Curb Stress - World of Psychology | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) doesn’t just affect the individual.

Via Jem Muldoon
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Only one person on auto-pilot at a time!  Parents must be mindful !

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AnnC's curator insight, December 27, 2012 9:32 PM

Breathe deeply and model what children need to learn.