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The Ambiance of Secondary Learning

What message does your high school classroom send to newly arriving students? Does is speak of high expectations? Is it conducive to learning? Is it designed to reduce anxiety and to promote a welcoming spirit? With a little forethought and elbow grease, you can create a classroom environment that will help you head off discipline problems and student-teacher battles.

Christmas in the Classroom

With the current controversy brewing in the shopping malls and stores of America over the use of the word “Christmas” in advertising, it would be a good time to review the legal rulings on the celebration of religious holidays in the public school setting.

Cerebral Palsy: Know Your Child's Legal Rights

My name is Joseph Morrison. I'm an attorney in Dallas, Texas. My younger brother has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and I am well aware of the challenges posed by the disorder. I have been asked to contribute articles to this site and I am honored to do so. My goal is to help parents of children with Cerebral Palsy in understanding their legal rights.

The 3 R's....routine, ritual, and repetition

The 3 R's....routine, ritual, and repetition are very important to an autistic individual  when they feel anxious, upset, or otherwise distressed.  Unpredictability creates an undo amount of stress because we have a compulsion to script every moment so we feel in control even when we aren't. Routines is something we create that is very predictable and gives us a sense of control. When stressed we resort to activities that are familar and constant. In my case this past summer I dealt with alot of stress working as kayak guide.

Listening and Learning

The role of auditory function in learning

Brain Structure

When a child is born the brain has basically developed all of the brain cells it will ever develop. As brain cells become injured or die they are not generally replaced, but rather routed around by a process called neuroplasticity.

Sequential Processing

Three ways to document development

Chronological age is the days, weeks, months, and finally years that a human lives. To say that a baby is 6 weeks of age means that the baby has survived 6 weeks of life. This now becomes the chronological age of the baby. Experts now attach certain developmental milestones to that chronological age.

The Tribrain and Trauma Therapy

When someone experiences a trauma they go into immediate shock. This is very similar to hypnosis. Under hypnosis a person is more suggestible and tends to remember everything that occurred while in that state, even if it is on a subconscious level. Because of this a person, when abused, will remember vividly everything about what it was to feel like a victim and they will also remember everything about what it is like to be an abuser.

Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder is a complex condition that is not well understood at the present time by many clinicians and the general public. New information is being discovered rapidly however. Dr. Amen is one of the pioneers in this field and this article is meant to summarize his work.

Classifications of Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Although CP is still partly an unknown medical condition, tests can be done which will determine which type of CP your child has. CP is classified according to which part of the brain and body are affected, and how severely.

•  The most common type is Spastic CP , where the muscles move in a jerky fashion that makes it hard to walk. There are three levels of severity: