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Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Removing a child from a traumatic environment does not remove the trauma from the child's memory.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

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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)



#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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