this week i’m at a training for gifted and talented students. yesterday we heard an amazing speaker, lisa van gemert, and she is the smartest person i’ve ever met. (seriously, she works for mensa) ((i’m only 4% points from joining mensa :)) she is also very funny and has a generous heart.
her training was awesome because she gave us so many awesome resources which i will be sharing soon.
i learned so much from her about our brains. first, the movie LUCY, besides being horrible, is not scientifically correct. second, our brains are amazing and we should all learn more about how they work. third, addictions are a brain issue and should be treated as diseases. and most importantly for me, how to deal with kids or adults when their cerebral cortex goes offline and only the limbic system is working.
deacon and masamo tend to act of flight/fight many times during the day. it is easier to deal with a screaming child when i remember that the thinking part of their brain has shut down. i’m going to try to use deep breaths, counting, and focusing to help their cerebral cortex come back online and then discuss problem solving strategies. i’ll let you know how that goes :)…
another thing about our brains that was super interesting is to remember that the people i deal with a majority of the time (my kids and school students) have not finished growing the frontal lobe. the frontal lobe isn’t fully formed until age 25. the frontal lobe is where we understand and can evaluate consequences. understanding that is changing my life.
here is an article that lisa van gemert wrote about why we need to sleep. it is awesome. read it!
and what would a blog post be without a picture???
this is from ethiopia when mossy became part of our family. my sweet babies!