Sep 27 2016

California Foster Care Children Over-Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 11:42 am

I previously wrote about research questioning the long-term use of Ritalin for ADHD. More recently, the State of California conducted an audit of psychotropic drug prescriptions in four representative counties, including Sonoma (the county in which I myself live). Apparently, foster children are prescribed too many of these drugs and often at too high a dosage. Furthermore, proper court authorization procedures are not always followed. I first read of this at the Argus Courier’s website article from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. For more… Read more

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May 03 2016

Free Online Children’s Health Summit This Week

Category: Alternative Education,HealthAdmin @ 11:34 am

The “Children’s Health Summit” webinar is going on this week, once again hosted by Carla Atherton, a functional nutrition coach specializing in children and families. It started yesterday and continues through Saturday, May 7, 2016. Each day’s presentations can be watched for free for 24 hours. You may also purchase the entire set of interviews during or after the conference. The price will go up when the conference is over. Today features: Judy Converse (“Nourishing Children with Special Needs”) Dr. Jill Carnahan (“Autoimmunity,… Read more

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Apr 24 2016

Children and Mental Illness

Category: Health,SafetyAdmin @ 9:40 pm

Learning disabilities may be in vogue, but they are not the only reason that some children have trouble in school or in life. One child’s emotional meltdowns can make it difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it can take years before a child receives what he or she needs. Liza Long knows first-hand how bad the mental health care arena can be. Her son is better now, having finally been accurately diagnosed and then properly treated, but reaching that point took years. She has written about their struggles – and the sorry state of mental… Read more

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Jun 17 2012

On Teaching and Motivation

Category: Alternative Education,LearningAdmin @ 5:11 pm

Long ago, I trained employees in data and word processing systems and efficient workflow practices. To better prepare me, management sent me off to a conference at the American Society for Training and Development. I was enthralled to discover a focus completely unlike anything I had encountered as a student in public schools and four years of private college. Instead of centering on using or constructing a specific curriculum or how to teach it, the emphasis was on how to assess employee training needs and the training programs we were… Read more

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