A friend recently shared this with me. Makes me think we need to think of more ways to capitalize on our kids strengths and when they are older make sure we match a job they are passionate about and also one that will build on their gifts.
Here's to others seeing ALL kids as competent!
The Autism Paradox
1. It's easy to recite an entire book but difficult to make up a story.
2. It's easy to line up toys but difficult to stay in line.
3. It makes perfect sense to climb on the sofa but little sense to sit on it.
4. Memorizing the Presidents in order - 10 minutes. Packing a school bag - 10 hours.
5. Family pictures on the wall are boring but that speck of dust next to it, now that's fascinating!
6. Talking about weather patterns - a piece of cake. Talking about my day - impossible.
7. Ability to focus on spinning objects - timeless. Ability to focus on homework - 3 seconds.
8. Being called by name - can't hear it. Some owl hooting in the distance - clear as a bell.
9. How to operate the remote control - zero instruction. How to button up pants - intensive instruction.
10. Navigating social rules - poorly skilled. Navigating from the back seat of the car - highly skilled.
"Boys’ existential issues are different from girls’. For a boy, the two most important life questions are: Will I find work that’s significant? And will I be worthy of my parents? When boys themselves are asked what they need, they say: I need purpose. I need to make a difference. I need to know I measure up. I need challenge. Above all, I need a meaningful vocation"
We talk in education about the need to teach for a love of learning. YES! Of course, but helping students find their passions is what leads to life long learning (and as a mother, I'd also add: a way to feed yourself and stay engaged in meaningful activity). Our males need this, especially. As I think of our boys (now men) I know: each one did not fully engage in their education until their passion was entwined and they had a major life goal that involved a vocation they loved. Education, work: how you spend your time as an adult- these things are not easily separated.
This is an excellent piece for school administrators or anyone involved in the evaluation process to review. We often rely on common sense. But there is a dark side to common sense that we need to stay aware of. Sometimes our instincts will steer us the wrong way. Behavioral psychologists call this “cognitive bias”. It will affect perceptions, it will affect objectivity, and it will affect relationships—in both positive and negative ways. Here are eight common cognitive biases you might want to look out for in your organization.
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