Nov 01

Special Education Schools: Meeting The Needs Of Your Child

Navigating the world of special education schools can generate feelings of frustration and confusion. Due to the wide spectrum of learning disabilities and the infinite number or specialized needs, each institution can be extremely different from the next. Some may focus on a single type of learning difficulty such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or dyslexia, others might focus on students with physical disabilities, and some might be all-inclusive. Despite the differences in scope, each facility has a very common goal: to educated children. For each of these special education schools, the teachers and staff aim to promote student success, whether through adaptive teaching methods, intensive, one-on-one mentoring, or specialized assessments.In the public education system, the main directive for special education programs is integration. Ideally, this means that children with learning disabilities will spend as much time as possible in general education classrooms with the rest of their peers. This means that students are often pushed to their limits and, consequentially, left behind academically. Rather than tailoring the system to meet the needs of the student, they push the student to barely meet standards and conform to the system. In defense of the public education system, their focus is on the population as a whole, which makes it difficult to satisfy the needs of individual students.

In special education schools however, the educators take the opposite approach. Instead, lesson plans are targeted on the needs of students, acknowledging and addressing their weaknesses. The same can be said for their strengths. Because a specialized facility is more in tune with the needs of your child, they are also more able to recognize their successes. In public facilities, students who do not integrate well are often mislabeled as unruly.The classrooms and instructors found in special education schools are better able to satisfy the needs of special needs students. Colorful posters, calendars, decorations and other stimuli found in a public education environment can prove too much for those with sensory processing disorders. For these children, the rooms should be Spartan, limiting the level of distraction. Personalized environments like this can be found at many special education schools. In addition to the customized environment, the teachers are given more room to alter the curriculum and teaching methods.In short, the classrooms, the resources, and the instructors are better qualified to meet the needs of your child. Keep this in mind when deciding where to send your child. Ask yourself these questions: will they be able to personalize the lessons to account for problem areas? Will they be equipped to distinguish and promote my child’s strengths?

Oct 29

Bullying: How To Prevent It

Bullying is a serious problem that has many effects such as low self esteem and depression. It’s also common for one to have suicidal thoughts as a result of bullying. Due to the effects that come with it, it’s paramount that you consider preventing it. Some of the most effective ways of preventing the vice include:Creating an anti-bullying programAn anti-bullying program aids at teaching children what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. For ideal results, you should introduce the program during preschool and elementary school. The program can be an ongoing in-school activity where children participate in or it can be an after school club.When you meet with the children you should let them know what a bully is. You should also let them know the many forms of bullying which include: threatening, intimidating, theft, racial harassment, and unwanted teasing.Children should also know the behavior of bullies where the behavior can be physical or psychological. The behavior can take place during school, after school or on the internet.To counter bullying, you should address leadership characteristics. Here you should address how children can be great leaders at school and in their community.Role play with students

Another great way of preventing bullying is by role playing with children. You should ask the children to design situations in which bullying can occur and ask them to act out those situations.To enable the children see the situation from both ends, you should encourage each child to act both roles. After acting, you should ask them how they felt being either being bullied or bullying others.Introduce new ways of life in schoolOne of the main reasons children bully is because they don’t understand different cultures or religions and usually use bullying as a defense mechanism.To put a stop to this you should introduce new cultures in the school. For example, you can make your school a multi-cultural environment. You can also invite students from different background to discuss their heritage and traditions in the school.Involve parentsOne of the best ways of involving parents is by designing an anti-bullying campaign for parents. You should invite parents and students to an evening that is aimed at stopping bullying.During the meeting, you should ask a child psychologist and a law enforcer to be the speakers of the evening. The speakers should speak heavily about the effects of bullying and how to stop it.

Oct 24

Clinical Trial Involving Green Coffee

In the light of mounting evidence that consumption of Green Coffee can bring about substantial reduction in body weight, there has been many new diet programs and health supplements cropping up with increasing regularity all over the world.What struck the medical and scientific communities is the purported ability of green coffee beans or unroasted beans to contribute to significant weight loss in a short span of time.One of the largest scientific societies, the American Chemical Society (ACS) in its National Meeting and Exposition outlined a study where it was observed that a group of obese people lost nearly 10% of their total body weight just by consuming a fraction of an ounce of the bean powder.In this study, a group of 16 individuals between the ages of 22 and 26 were monitored for a period of 22 weeks during which time they alternately consumed low and high doses of capsules of the bean extract or capsules containing a placebo for six weeks each. The low dose was averaged at 700 mg and the higher dosage at 1.050 mg; each dosage lasted six weeks. In addition, they were placed on the placebo program for six weeks to determine actual weight loss and how the coffee bean extract affected weight loss and in what dosages. The subjects were on their ‘own control’ with additional supervision where chances of obtaining accurate results are far more.A spokesperson for the University of Pennsylvania said that during the course of the study, all the subjects were monitored on lines of caloric intake, food consumed and overall diet in combination with an exercise program. Neither did the intake of calories in relation to carbohydrates, fats, minerals and proteins change during the study nor did the exercise schedule.

Although previous studies on effects on green coffee extract consumption have shown some results, this was the first time an extensive study was done to gauge if weight loss varied with varying consumption amounts of the bean extract. The study itself was a first in the sense that it used variations in dosage and the first to measure the response effect to such doses.The overall results were astounding. All the participants lost 17 pounds on average during the entire duration; this included a 16% reduction in body fat and a 10.5 % reduction in overall body weight.The study and correlating results came to the conclusion that green coffee beans do help in weight loss in a healthy way. However, the benefits are still being studied to understand if there are potential side effects to using green coffee bean extract as a ‘slim pill’.The scientific community is of the opinion that a compound called Chlorogenic Acid that is present in significant amounts in unroasted or green coffee beans is the wonder element behind the weight loss. The process of roasting coffee beans enhances aroma, color and flavor; in contrast, green coffee beans have very less aroma and a bitter flavor. However, the roasting process destroys the Chlorogenic Acid which is why brown or roasted coffee beans have very little of this compound.