Attended a talk by Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, a psychologist in London Ontario, who runs a program called Leaky Brakes. He is doing ground-breaking research in his field, and says that the way we attempt to manage children with a wide range of neurological issues is wrong, that traditional methods do not work. Here are my rough notes:
Leaky Brakes 101 Course. Child and Parent Resource institute. www.cpri.ca
Siblings with lower self-control have poorer outcomes despite shared family backgrounds.
ADHD = Attention Focus Disorder
Intellectual or Neural Developmental Disability
“…forcing compliance misses the point: they want to comply too.”
There is nothing to do about Rage once it starts. “I don’t remember” is a defense mechanism.
- Do a brake job, cognitive-behavioral techniques and pharmaceuticals.
- Find a detour: accommodate as opposed to modify.
- Provide an external brake by compensating what is lacking internally.
Teacher’s assistant/Special Needs = Surrogate Frontal Lobe.