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Good parenting requires sacrifice. Childhood lasts for only a few brief years , but it should be given priority while it is passing before your eyes

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

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)

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

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.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. (Peggy O'Mara)

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Brain Facts # 5

Lifelong Neuroplasticity

 

Historically, it was thought that the human brain was a fixed and essentially limited system that only degraded with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after childhood. By contrast, we have now come to appreciate that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system, capable of being shaped and reshaped across the entire lifespan. It is believed that every experience alters the brain’s organization at some level. The central concept in this new approach is neuroplasticity, the brain’s lifelong capacity to change and rewire itself in response to the stimulation of learning and experience. This includes both the lifelong ability to create new neurons  and to create new connections between neurons .

A young brain allows for fast learning, as well as for potentially faster repair. As we age, the rate of neuroplasticity declines, but does not come to a halt.  As the noted neuroscientist, Dr. James Zull  puts it: “We now know that every brain can change, at any age. There  is really no upper limit on learning since the neurons seem to be capable of growing new connections whenever they are used repeatedly.”

Lifelong neuroplasticity has major consequences for brain health and fitness. It means that our lifestyle and actions play a meaningful role in how brains physically change throughout life. Neuroplasticity gives us the power to resist the effects of decline or disease by supporting our ability to accumulate knowledge and experiences.

CLASSROOM & HOMEWORK TIP for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

Once children are in school, adults tend to be preoccupied with whether they are learning their alphabet and arithmetic. But if a child is having learning difficulties, the first thing we need to look at is not his letters and numbers but his ability to pay attention and to regulate himself. If a child doesn’t have this ability, then we need to work on that ability with the child. You cannot jump over this vital internal milestone. There is no point in pushing a child to learn how to spell triangle or add 15 + 27 before he learns how to look, listen and stay calm. First things first.

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