Lindamood-Bell Called!

Dear Readers,

I’ve been busy lately. For the past three and a half weeks I’ve been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers for the summer. The first two weeks were training. I have to tell you that it was brutal. It was two weeks of teleconferencing with the 54 other centers across the country.

Don’t get me wrong, the training was fantastic with a lot of good information, but it was a bit overwhelming . So, long story short, I’ve been working there for nearly a month. It’s a little different than teaching. For one thing, it’s regimented and kinda’ scripted. I like working there because everyone is so nice. In fact, everyone tries to “out-nice” each other. It’s a really good place to work.

The pay is not good, but the experience is wonderful. I’ll see how much I can learn to teach my future students and keep you posted.

Bye for now!

The Real Reason why children fidget! by Angela Hanscom

Dear Readers,

I found this excellent article that purports to explain why children fidget. Read this and see if you agree. Enjoy!

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it
Angela Hanscom – Thursday, June 05, 2014

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goes home with green smiley faces for good behavior. Every day this child is reminded that his behavior is unacceptable, simply because he can’t sit still for long periods of time.

The mother starts crying. “He is starting to say things like, ‘I hate myself’ and ‘I’m no good at anything.’” This young boy’s self-esteem is plummeting all because he needs to move more often.Read More »