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PeopleSmart Skill 4

Mel Silberman Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.

Criticize me and I may not like you.

Ignore me and I may not forgive you.

Encourage me and I will not forget you.

—WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

Do you remember the fairy tale about the emperor’s new clothes? Convinced by conniving tailors that he was clad in magnificent cloth of an extraordinarily light weave, the arrogant emperor unwittingly paraded naked through the streets of his kingdom. Daunted by his authority, none of his subjects dared speak up, until a small boy blurted out, “But he has no clothes on!” 96

Like the emperor, all of us can learn from the feedback of others. However, the prospect of hearing honest feedback from others can arouse powerful, sometimes conflicting feelings for many of us. We like to think we know ourselves, and most of us do in many important respects. We know our likes and dislikes, our feelings and beliefs, what makes us laugh and cry. But others have a vantage point we can never hold. They are our mirrors. If we hide from or deny their perspectives, we miss out on vital information.

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5. Raising a Green Family

Nancy Conner O'Reilly Media ePub

People who care about the environment care about the future. When you start thinking in terms of familyyour children, your grandchildren, their children, and so onyou begin to realize that the earth isn't yours to use and exploit. It doesn't belong to you, not even the patch of ground you live onno matter what the property deed says. Your job is to care for and then pass on a robust, thriving, sustainable planet.

One of your duties as caretaker for your kids and the earth is to teach your children that they, too, have a responsibility to the planet and those who'll come after them. This chapter suggests lots of ways to do that. It also has tons of info about caring for you kiddo in environmentally friendly ways before she's old enough to be green herself. And pets are part of your family, as well, so there's a section on them, too.

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Chapter 29: Miracles and Research

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Miracles and Research

Those who administer equine assisted activities and therapy enthusiastically extol its benefits. Summarizing the results from riding she has observed, Instructor Jessica Whaylen said, “The best part of my job is that I see miracles every day.”1

As previously mentioned, many organizations, concerned with the health and activities of the physically and mentally challenged, recognize the therapeutic qualities of riding. These include the American

Physical Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association, and United

Cerebral Palsy.

The modality has made tremendous strides in a short time and is becoming increasingly accepted in the mainstream. Most participants are also regularly attended by various other medical professionals, many of whom report observing favorable results in their patients, which they attribute to riding or handling horses. In some cases this leads to their recommending equine activities for some of their other patients.

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The Benjamin Project

Dan E. Burns University of North Texas Press PDF

The Benjamin Project

If no one would help me, I would have to recover Ben myself. I

rented a suite in the back wing of Rainbow Apartments, an outof-the-way, sunny third-floor location where Ben’s tantrums would be shielded, I hoped, from the prying eyes of neighbors and Child

Protective Services.

Catherine Maurice described the staffing procedure, and it sounded straightforward enough. I was going to need six therapists working in shifts for a total of forty hours a week. Recruit college psychology students. Pay double minimum wage. Train them myself.

I set myself a goal. By noon, I would write six letters to the psychology departments of local universities, asking them to post a help-wanted notice on their bulletin boards.

I wrote out a task list:

1. Look up the universities.

2. Make the mailing list.

3. Address the envelopes.

4. Call the departments.

I froze. This can’t possibly work, I thought. The secretary who’d answer the phone would not understand what I was talking about.

Your son is what? Autistic? And you want to recover him? Ah-ha-haha-ha-ha-ha. Autistic children don’t recover. No, you may not speak

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Contents

Blanchard, Ken Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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