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“Compliance and Education are not the same thing. A student may look asthough they are complying but that does not mean they are engaged andlearning.” – Lisa Wright

What are the top 3 things I need to know to communicate with my child’s school team?

Welcome to this Friday’s 3 point Focus:
Today’s newsletter includes:

  1. 3 strategies to communicate with school
  2. A research paper focus and summary
  3. A recipe for your child’s lunch box 🙂

So, What are the 3 things you can remember when you are communicating with your child’s school?

I am going to keep it simple and just go directly to the list here. But I do want to request that you listen to this simply fabulous conversation with Lisa Wright, IEP Coach.

My recommendations are based on this podcast + my experience.

1. Intensely and Aggressively Assume Intelligence – this means that do not let the school system influence you into imagining that your child is not smart. My TEDx talk can help you understand this idea a bit more.

2. Take time to prepare and communicate with your child’s team. Don’t react.  Emotional triggers are ever present when we talk about our kids. But are rarely helpful in conversations. Respect for the school, Respect for our kids, and Preparation can go a long way in helping our kids achieve their goals.

3. Talk to your child’s team about compliance vs engagement and learning. Be clear on what their goals are. For most neurodivergent kids, compliance and learning actually DONT go together. You can say something like the quote at the beginning of the newsletter and follow up with “do we want our learner to be compliant or do we want them to learn?”

Onward my friend!
Vaish
p.s. Don’t forget to keep scrolling for my favorite study this week and a lunch recipe I love!

RESEARCH FOCUS

Added sugar and dietary fiber consumption are associated with creativity in preadolescent children, Hassevoort et al, 2018, Nutritional Neuroscience

The results were very simple and stark:

  • Pre-adolescent kids (average age 9) were studied
  • Creativity (especially associated with the memory and spatial recognition center of the brain – hippocampus) reduced with increased sugar intake
  • Creativity increased with increased fiber intake

TAKEAWAY – Eat whole foods. Minimize added sugar. The more sugar your kid eats, the more their creativity may be impacted.

This one is a spicy recipe - but has an amazing mix of protein, fiber, polyphenols and digestive spices that (some) kids LOVE!