There is a large, ongoing crisis that gets surprisingly scant attention in the media or from politicians. It is pervasive throughout the nation, affecting every demographic. It exacts a huge toll in terms of human misery, ruined lives and financial cost to society. It is the ACE crisis. Fortunately, we as individuals can play an important role in combating the toxic effects of childhood maltreatment.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward parents and other authority figures by a child or teen. Parents should be aware that there are a number of persistent myths about ODD that can cause children with the condition to become stigmatized and make treatment more difficult.
Social intelligence is our ability to interact effectively with others in any given environment. Social IQ is a measure of that ability. Unlike the intelligence quotient (IQ) score, social IQ is variable throughout one’s life and can be improved with practice. Children with ADHD face special challenges in social situations. But with the help of their parents, and some hard work, they can overcome those challenges, boost their social IQ, and enjoy more effective personal interactions.
At the Edge Foundation, our first task as coaches is always to help them develop the organizational skills that will help them to remember to get to class, get a term paper written, and in short, get passing grades. But while helping a young person keep their current job as student is critical, as coaches we also have a responsibility to help them develop the skills they will need for their future jobs in whatever profession they choose.