Thursday, February 16, 2017

Creativity and the Messy Mind

Listen to Scott Barry Kaufman of the University of Pennsylvania discuss the importance of imagination in society and education. He is going to be the Keynote speaker at EdRev in San Francisco at AT&T Park on April 22, 2017. A great fun event for students with learning differences, providers and family members!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Happiness and Personality Type

The Five Big Personality Traits are: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. It is possible to cultivate certain personality traits to achieve happiness. This article from the Greater Good Science Center discusses how variations within each trait can impact your happiness.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Researching Creativity

The results indicate emotion has a huge effect on the way our brains can be creative,” states McPherson (Doctoral Candidate at MIT-Harvard). Positive emotion, for instance, seems to be related to a deeper state of creative flow. Read more here-

Friday, January 13, 2017

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence

Research suggests that Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms during adolescence demonstrate substantial malleability and respond to intervention. The DSM-5 does allow for this diagnosis in adolescence. Dr. Stephanie Stepp, discusses the development of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence and the importance of treatment.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Authentic Happiness

Happiness is not trivial- It is listed as part of our Rights in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Authentic Happiness can be broken down into three different elements that we choose for their own sakes: positive emotion, engagement, and meaning. To learn where you stand on the continuum of Happiness, consider taking some of these assessments.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Forgiveness and the New Year!

Why not make Forgiveness your New Year’s Resolution?  “Stress Relief is probably the chief factor connecting forgiveness and well being.” From the January 2017 issue of Monitor on Psychology- article entitled- “Forgiveness Can Improve Mental Health and Physical Health. Research Shows How to Get There” by Kirsten Weir.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sensory Processing Disorder- Is it Real?

From the American Board of Pediatrics- “…there is no universally accepted framework for diagnosis; sensory processing disorder generally should not be diagnosed.”
Proponents believe that children with Sensory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing outside stimuli that can affect learning, behavior, attention and daily tasks.
Parents should work with their pediatrician and other clinicians to fully investigate treatments recommended as there may be other diagnosis that should be assessed.