Friday, September 30, 2016

Devorah Heitner on her book "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age"

 The Glenbard Parent Series hosted Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Sept. 28 at Glenbard West.

Glendale Heights Police Office Michele Cahill appreciated the suggestion that even if parents don't know how a device operates they can be more explicit about teaching kids what to do rather than what not to do. We as adults may not always have the technology "expertise" but we do have the knowledge base and life experience to offer ground rules, and support. 

When kids say "You don’t know what I’m going through” a good response is “You’re right, I haven’t lived through that, but I have lived through conflict and resolved it." When on the phone adults should consider explaining to their kids what they are dong. Its a chance to offer guidance-which in the teen years means listening more than speaking.

Glenbard East parent Don Westerholm appreciated that we need to mentor rather then monitor and also model good technology behaviors A true mentor  is interested in what their mentee(child) can do (with technology) and shows interest. Ask questions; ask the child to help you with your privacy settings; watch them engage in their favorite technology outlets (e.g., your child may be famous in their World of Warcraft circle or YouTube channel, and you might not even know it!)

Web site for Raising Digital Natives

Parent Notes from "Screenwise" with Devorah Heitner

Monday, September 26, 2016

Temple Grandin speaks on "Different... Not Less" at GPS September 21 event

What an honor to host Temple Grandin at the GPS on Sept 21 with  almost 2500 participants in attendance!

Dr Temple Grandin explained the need for different kinds of minds  and reminded us to  get away from labels and  focus on improving outcomes.

She shared common sense career advise for people on the spectrum- create a portfolio, and consider the trades she also reminded us of the need to stench our students to expose them to real world experiences.

Take Away 
"As a school psychologist, Dr. Grandins advice to "stretch"  young people's minds and not get stuck on labels in order to promote students' self development resonated with my overall professioanl goals. I plan on having her advice present as a springboard to thinking outside the box when working with multi needs students and families. "

-- Mariana Proske, Ed.S., NCSP

Video of Temple Grandin GPS event

If you would like to see Temple Grandin's presentation Different Not Less/Different Kinds of Minds: the Autistic Brain, you may watch video of her Glenbard Parent Series presentation here.