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Our brains are not fully developed until the mid-20s, so it’s no wonder that our adolescents still need help with the all important executive functioning skills. In this episode, we talk about the often underestimated yet pivotal aspect of cognitive growth: executive functioning in teens.
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Executive dysfunction is a behavioral symptom that disrupts a person’s ability to manage their own thoughts, emotions and actions. It’s most common with certain mental health conditions, especially addictions, behavioral disorders, brain development disorders and mood disorders. Read more ›
This reference sheet identifies some of the signs of learning differences and provides strategies you can use to help students reach their full potential.Read more ›
From ADHD and dyslexia to autism, the number of diagnosis categories listed by the American Psychiatric Association has tripled in the last fifty years. With so many people affected, it is time to revisit our perceptions of people with disabilities. Read more ›
Belonging in the classroom means ensuring that all students feel welcomed, comfortable, and part of the school family.
Elementary school educator Michael Dunlea teaches in an inclusion classroom where many students have learning differences that can pose a challenge to connecting with others. Building a culture of belonging has become his greatest priority. Read more ›
In his book Normal Sucks, Jonathan Mooney, a neurodiverse writer, advocate, and father, offers the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.
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Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide use their backgrounds in neurology and education to debunk the standard deficit-based approach to dyslexia. People typically define “dyslexia” as a reading and spelling disorder. But through published research studies, clinical observations, and interviews with dyslexic individuals, the Eides prove that these challenges are not dyslexia’s main features but are instead trade-offs resulting from an entirely different pattern of brain organization and information processing that has powerful advantages.
It’s important to know what your strengths are so you can use them in ways that help you, your friends and family at school and home.Read more ›