A little rant

Hey, a little rant here.

There is a new diagnosis being tossed around – “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo.” The New York Times just did an article about it.  Here is a link –  http://nyti.ms/1n7RWuc

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo has been lurking in the background of child development for a number of years.  I hear about it, but it is not in the diagnostic manual (which is true for many types of learning or developmental challenges).  Sluggish Cognitive Tempo is for those kids who seem a little slow and scattered about getting things done. Of course, they have to be so slow and scattered that it bothers their teachers or their parents to a point that someone thinks a diagnosis is warranted.  It’s a version of attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity.  Diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder are going up, up, up, so it is not unexpected that we can split some diagnostic hairs and come up with some more specific names.

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Foundations For Learning

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.  Janis Joplin, American singer

In real estate, they say “Location, Location, Location.”  For learning, I always start by stressing, “Foundation, Foundation, Foundation.”  And I mean the deep down foundations for learning.  Not just studying harder or longer, treating the learning disability, or reading more to the kids (and to yourself).  Those are nice, but you gotta go deeper.  I am talking about deeper foundation habits that set up children (as well as adults) to be ready to learn (and calmly enjoy the world).  We know all of these things, but sometimes forget their daily importance in our busy, busy lives.

I am talking about:

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Why Moxie?

With all the changes in the world . . . in education  . . . in technology, we need something to keep up with what our children need for learning, particularly if a child has challenges.  What we need is a little moxie.  With learning challenges, you need a lot of moxie.

Merriam-Webster gives us three definitions of Moxie

  1. Energy, Pep
  2. Courage, Determination
  3. Know-How

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