TEACHING TOUGH KIDS
'For the kids with ABI'
Based on TEACHING TOUGH KIDS, winner of the UK's international NASEN awards in the category - 'Best Book to Promote Professional Development' (2011). It was judged as humane, innovative, practical and inspiring.
A half-day presentation - can be adapted
To have Mark present to your school or organisation email or phone
A download link to a PowerPoint file is coming.
The aim of this 90 minute presentation is to focus is on students in schools with Acquired or Traumatic Brain Injury.
These kids did not set out in life with this as a plan, and a result ABI is worrying for them, for those who love them and for teachers who educate them. The presentation highlights proven, practical approaches (organisational, emotional, social and academic) to support these students.
These are the kids who are challenged by poor executive functioning. Executive functioning controls the higher level and more complex mental processes. As educators, we are acutely aware how students struggle in school environments when they lack the faculty to listen, filter out distractions, remember, persist, adapt to changes in routine and keep track of time. With a scarcity of this valuable personal resource it is difficult for them to delay gratification, strategically plan, find friendship, self-regulate emotion and behaviour and retrieve information stored within memory.
Typically, poor executive function is associated with developmental problems and disabilities such as Asperger syndrome, Learning Difficulties, AD/HD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and so on.
I argue that teaching is a deeply human activity and our best work is done inside relationships with kids, perusing mutually targeted interventions that are easy to use and make noticeable differences. I also contend that the TOUGH KIDS are our greatest teachers. As we learn from their strengths and challenges we become better positioned to reach many more kids, and schools will become better places for everyone.