Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

No school should ever have the right to seclude or restrain children Recently our school division developed a policy on seclusion and restraint. Policy is a very generous term for this two-page document with very little substance. Despite the wealth of research and information available to guide these types of policies, it appears our division didContinue reading “Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools”

Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

A brief overview of a learning disability related to mathematics and numbers Dyscalculia is a learning disability that makes math very challenging, especially when taught in the traditional way. Children with dyscalculia may struggle with concepts involving numbers, like “larger” or “smaller”. Dyscalculia is extremely common in Autistics and those with ADHD. The comorbidity rate isContinue reading Dyscalculia in ADHD & Autism

My Reading Recommendations

The most informative books about neurodiversity, education, parenting, disability, advocacy, and more Neurodiversity MB’s Book & Podcast Recommendations Please note that I have provided links primarily to the paperback copies of these books. However, many are also available in eBook or audiobook for a quicker download and are usually a less expensive option. Table of Contents IContinue reading “My Reading Recommendations”

Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working

Here’s why reward programs never work long-term When a child’s behaviours are challenging or concerning, we often jump to looking for solutions which address the behaviour, but not the underlying cause. When I receive reports from school staff and psychologists, they all have a similar theme: recommendations for behaviourism-based approaches, such as behaviour charts andContinue reading “Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working”

Advisory Councils Are Useless

Advisory councils are useless without the authority and funding to make good on their recommendations This article was originally published on March 30, 2022. I am excited to say that I finally received a response letter from our Minister of Education. The letter essentially thanked me and pointed me to the ministry’s website, but it’sContinue reading “Advisory Councils Are Useless”

Children Deserve Autonomy

I choose joyful chaos over despondent deference I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.” Um, well, yes. He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy. CertainlyContinue reading “Children Deserve Autonomy”

Behaviour Plans Are Written For The Adults, Not The Kids

Behaviour plans are useless, unless the adults have developed — and continue to develop — secure relationships with the children What is a behaviour plan? Around here we have something called a Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP). If a child is consistently or repeatedly demonstrating concerning behaviours at school, the family and select school staff will work together to develop aContinue reading “Behaviour Plans Are Written For The Adults, Not The Kids”

Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion

PBIS Is Just ABA With Different Letters PBIS P.B.I.S. stands for Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports, and was the foundation for Manitoba Education’s 2011 policy document, Towards Inclusion: Supporting Positive Behaviour in Manitoba Classrooms. That’s not a typo, the document intended as a guide for creating inclusive schools and classrooms has its roots in behaviourism.Continue reading “Behaviourism Is Not Inclusion”

Books & Articles About Education

Parents, educators, school staff—and anyone who cares about educating our children should read these books Happy Education Week! Once again, our Minister of Education made a declaration. MLA Wayne Ewasko hath declared April 18–22, 2022 to be Education Week here in Manitoba. Great! So…. Education funding will improve? No. Greater supports for school staff and students?Continue reading “Books & Articles About Education”