My takeaways from the training were more effective ways of communicating and interacting with youth based on brain science.
- The teen brain is going through massive changes
- Youth perceive, process, and respond differently than adults
- Youth don't see, hear, understand, or act like adults consistently
- The brain finished growing at age 25
- Adolescence is a period through which youth pass
When dealing with youth and their behaviors, keep in mind ALL that lies under the surface. Behaviors are the surface, life experiences are underneath.
We must be flexible and adjust our styles. Everyone is not coming with the same experiences and background knowledge. Take a look at the speed limit sign below. Does this sign symbolize how many of your students feel in class each day?
Now, go one step further and add traumatic events or mental illness to the life experiences of a youth. That only further compounds the importance and necessity for caring adults and adults that will take time to listen and build relationships. Did You Know: 4 million children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental illness. Did You Know: 1 in 5 teens have a mental illness. We MUST take the time to learn, understand, and apply research based, brain science strategies in working with our youth. If we don't face the realities and adjust our approaches we will be failing the young people of today.
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