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Teaching Children Independent Thinking Skills

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One of the most important gifts you can give a child is to teach them how to become an independent thinker.  Mastering independent thinking empowers a child to develop critical problem solving skills.  Independent thinkers are good team leaders because they consider different backgrounds and ideas of their team and they help foster solutions to problems.  Ways to foster independent thinking is to encourage children to ask questions and then find the solutions on their own.  Encourage a child to experiment, then explain their results and defend their conclusions.  Allow your child to play alone and support imaginative play.  If a child is having a disagreement with a classmate, friend, or sibling, let them solve the problem on their own.  If a child doesn’t understand a concept or thinks they have a better way of solving a problem, inspire them to ask questions and voice their opinion.  Let your child know that learning independent thinking skills will help them to be more efficient and empower them to do better in the classroom and out.  If they fail the first time, teach them to try, try again.  These lifelong skills will help them to be successful.

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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