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The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

"Cutting" is a visible sign to the world that you are hurting.

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

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Brain Facts # 1

 

 

The traditional school environment works well for children when their natural love for learning is sound and for children whose brains are hardwired to be able to sit, behave and stay focused in a classroom. The traditional environment however does not work well for those children who are not so blessed. Welcome to the world of the Child & Youth Worker  whose job it is to figure out how to make life  better for exceptional children.

All of our behaviour  (conscious and unconscious) is controlled by our brain. I am teaching a psychology course in the  first year Child & Youth Worker program at Fanshawe College (Woodstock, Ontario campus) called “Special Education & Assistive Technology”.  I  will be devoting each Tuesday’s blog (for the next 15 weeks) to information dealing with the form, function and health of the human brain as part of this course and it is meant to compliment the course work. I believe it will be of interest to all of my regular readers also.

“No discussion about human learning should ever take place unless the human brain is the centerpiece of the discussion.”(Kenneth Wesson)

 

CLASSROOM & HOMEWORK TIPS for SPECIAL LEARNERS 

#1. Do a Quick Review Before Class  – Review textbook chapters before the teacher lectures about this in class. This process gives your brain enough knowledge to help you pay better attention in class. You can reduce study and homework time if you have a deeper understanding of the material.

 

 

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management (now available online)

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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