Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see children of color with parents of different ethnicity. It is more acceptable than it was back in the 1970’s. You see it in different television shows, big movie cinema and in commercials. I became a single parent to two beautiful biracial children in the 1990’s.
Social Thinking is a technique used to teach social skills to kids with social learning disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum. In fact, many school systems use this model to teach ALL kids about social construct. Developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, this model teaches students to think about how others perceive them in the world using concrete analogies. For example, check out this video looking at “super-flex thinking” vs “rock brain” thinking. I reference the zones of regulation (one component of Social Thinking) a lot when working on food choice with my clients who are on the autism spectrum. The system allows kids to evaluate how “regulated” they are using visuals; green is optimal.
In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?
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We live in a culture where we are strongly encouraged to praise our children for every little thing. How realistic do you think this is? If all that comes out of our mouth is “great job” even though in your heart we might be thinking, “Really?!!!” Praising sounds like a broken record. I have noticed that it doesn’t even carry the same weight as it used to.
When your child is having the first signs of a cold you know the symptoms: runny nose, low energy, cough, and headache. So you take action and start giving them extra vitamins, more time to sleep and reduce their stress. Do you treat mental health the same as physical health? Do you know the warning signs and how to get help?
As the presents under the Christmas tree piles up, and yet more are to come since grandma and grandpa have not yet arrived with their armful of gifts; feeling overwhelmed is common. Even if this is all very exciting and joyful, we forget that it is still an overwhelming emotion and we can easily be tipped over to feeling anxious. This theory applies to all of us, of all ages. Therefore, wouldn’t it be important to keep an even keel anticipation for all?