Monday, October 30, 2017

Problem Behavior, Recess, Bullying, Anxiety, and Daydreaming

C.P.S. "...what would be the point of punishing a child who literally could not sit still?" That's a sentence from an article on kids who misbehave starting early in school, and who therefor face punishments of various sorts. The article's title: "The 'Problem Child' Is a Child, Not a Problem." It describes a behavior modification technique called Collaborative Problem Solving (C.P.S.) which is designed to help build self-regulation skills. Another sentence from the article: "C.P.S. replaces a traditional philosophy of 'children do well when they want to' with one that 'children do well when they can.'" We have a feeling that sentence might resonate, given your presumed experiences with that 2e child you raise or teach. Find the article.

RECESS REBOUND? According to District Administration, some states are requiring schools to provide recess. From the article: "In Florida and Rhode Island, recess laws took effect this year. Four other states already require it, and 11 others officially recommend it. Meanwhile, eight other states mandate “general activity,” ranging from 30 minutes daily to 600 minutes monthly." Read more. Exercise, many believe, can help students, especially some 2e students, focus and learn.

NOVEMBER 18 is the date for an HBO telethon to raise money for autism schools, programs, and services. Read more.

BULLYING is often a problem for kids who are "different" in any way. TED offers "9 pieces of practical advice about bullying" that might be appropriate to share with a young person you know. For example: "telling someone about being bullied is not snitching." Find the advice.

FOLLOW-UP. We wrote recently about a New York Times piece on the prevalence of anxiety in young people. The Child Mind Institute later followed up with its own perspective on the problem. Find it.

SCREENING TO FIND THE GIFTED. Pinellas County, Florida, is screening all second graders. The purpose? To identify those who are gifted. It's universal screening, intended to not overlook children who could qualify and benefit from gifted services, especially minority or disadvantaged children. Read more, then consider how great it would be if every school district did this type of universal screening with instruments that would not only identify gifted learners but also twice-exceptional learners.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers some resources for the college application process for students with ADHD or learning differences. Find them.

TiLT PARENTING. The most recent podcast is a conversation between TiLT founder Debbie and her son. Debbie writes: "...we talk about everything from how Asher feels about having ADHD and what helped him get through the difficult transition of moving abroad when he was nine years old to what he thinks are the qualities of a good teacher, how he keeps track of his schoolwork, and much more." Find the podcast.

GOT A DAYDREAMER? That's okay. A new study suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative. People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering. Find the study write-up.

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