Please Empathize, It’s a Stormy Life

Please Empathize, It’s a Stormy Life

A friend of mine, in discussing the COVID-19 quarantine and its social, emotional, educational and financial impact, expressed it so eloquently.  “WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT … I heard that we are in the same boat. But it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” This is the best I have ever heard it expressed.  I may be drowning, surviving or thriving. Afterall, you don’t even know what kind of boat I am on and what condition it is in.  And if you don’t know, then you don’t know how …

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Inhibition: Proceed With Caution

Inhibition: Proceed With Caution

It is important to raise your child as an individual. People often confuse developmental milestones for a developmental blueprint.  This can either inappropriately inhibit you and your child or put undue pressure on you and your child.  Just because the average child is toilet trained at three years old does not mean your child is average or must be.  I learned this one from personal experience.  When Beth* was 2 ¼ she wanted to play on the computer like her older siblings. (She was a petite little thing and back then the mouse only came in one size… bigger than …

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Gifted

Gifted

Once upon a time it used to be more common for employers to provide employees with a cell phone. Now imagine your boss gave you an iPhone, much to your delight. 3 years pass and you decide you need another phone. You approach your boss and he agrees to order you a phone. You wait with great anticipation; you have heard about all the newer features on the latest edition of the iPhone and can’t wait to have one. The following week you find a package on your desk and it is an Android phone. How do you feel? Disappointment, …

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So SAD

So SAD

SAD is the acronym for the Standard American Diet.  Amongst those in the know that the typical diet of Americans is indeed tragic we find it to be a most fitting label.  So many conditions clearly point to a dietary cause.  Including but not limited to leaky gut, celiac disease, crohn’s disease, the rise of diabetes in younger children, enuresis, high blood pressure due to too much salt, to name a few. Here I would like to discuss the two main contributors to our dietary woes. Sugar and overindulgence. Sugar is the biggest cover-up since the carcinogenic effects of smoking …

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The Most Common Toxin?

The Most Common Toxin?

As I said in the last post, otitis media is the most common childhood illness. At least 80% of children experience OM. The most prescribed treatment for OM is antibiotics. This medication does not discriminate, it wipes out all biotics, the bad and the good. In order to maintain a healthy gut you need the good biotics. In the 1950’s Dr. Orian Truss began exploring ways of treating what he called “antibiotic syndrome” and published his book, “The Missing Diagnosis”. Candida yeast is this missing diagnosis, caused mainly by antibiotics. Leaky gut seems to be the result of poor gut …

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The Ears Have It

The Ears Have It

Dr. Bock went for cute with the 4-A title. According to Dr. Bock the immune system is compromised in these children and food sensitivities trigger the immune issues, keeping the child in a vicious endless cycle that is responsible for distracting the body from developing normally. Since the body and brain are too busy fighting off perceived invaders, as that is what an allergy is, it cannot expend sufficient energy to learn. Hence the connection between the medical issues and the developmental delay(s) or educational difficulties. Here let us take a look at otitis media. I choose otitis media (OM) …

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Recommended Reading (1):  Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

Recommended Reading (1): Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

Recommended Reading 1: Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth In When Learning Goes Awry we discussed many possible contributors to a student’s lack of performance. Since then we have focused mainly on physiological function. This to some extent, reflects the artificial divide between the services schools provide as “educational” vs. what insurance will cover as “medical” with the many gaps in between, as well as the move away from the country doctor who knew you personally and had a more holistic approach …

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The Most Important Deposit

The Most Important Deposit

We have spent a lot of time discussing how to identify and deal with “issues”.  I have also mentioned it is imperative that your child not feel like an issue.  It is the reason we have moved away from disability first language, but that is not enough to make a person feel like more than their “problem”. In Of Bank Accounts and ATMs we discussed the currency of love. It can be challenging to find out what the currency is for the person you are interested in showing love to and find the resources to make a deposit. Suppose your …

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Splintered

Splintered

In my last post I discussed remediation.  For a variety of reasons rehabilitation often is not done.  The main reason is because educational testing does not take the next step necessary to answer “why?” (is this child performing or not performing in this way).  As a result, rehabilitation is never even identified.  The result is the services provided more closely resemble tutoring.  However, this is an expensive mistake which I am going to explain here. Academic concerns is what drives a student assessment.  Since the school system is only obligated to provide the support necessary to help a child succeed …

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Remediation

Remediation

You have a good differential diagnosis, now you need to figure out how to treat the problem. We call this remediation.  There are other terms that are used interchangeably, which leads to confusion as each term has its own meaning.  Here I will clarify.  Consider Remediation the overarching plan to treat the problem, one that has different spokes, or parts, to it. There are three branches to remediation: 1) Rehabilitation 2) Compensation 3) Accommodation Rehabilitation is the work we do to strengthen or fix the weak area.  This may mean a corrective surgery, exercises or simply time to recuperate. Compensation …

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