Reflections and Lessons: #NeverForget is the hashtag – but have we?

I write this with a heart that is still so heavy with sadness for those who have lost their loved ones as a result of the terrorist acts on September 11th. Yet, I wonder if others are thinking of today more as “Football Sunday” vs. a day of remembrance? Have we forgotten about how we all promised to “come together”, “help each other” and #NeverForget the lessons of September 11, 2001?

Qubits – a unique and creative toy for children and adults! #STEM

As a School Psychologist who has worked years within the realm of special education, I asked the creators if they wouldn’t mind sending to me a set of Qubits for closer inspection and review. So, thank you to the Burgingers for satiating my curiosity and sending to me a lovely pack of Qubits who has made “snap happy” for several days!

The first thing that struck me about Qubits was its’ many educational applications. For example, the toy itself could help with the development of visual motor planning, organizational and processing skills. Advocates of STEM will love that this toy incorporates fundamental concepts necessary for the foundations needed for careers such as engineering or architecture.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Psychology?

The Class of 2015 recently crossed the podium to receive their degrees in venues that were proud parents, amazing keynote speakers and scores of hopeful graduates. While many may have already secured jobs or slots in graduate schools – a fair number were unsure of their “next steps”. And, of those who may be in limbo – many are now alumni of Psychology programs and although able to converse about human behavior, statistics and learning theory. they are now unemployed. What to do with a degree in Psychology? To answer this question we will need to ask a few more.

Perhaps the Most Important 10 Word Question of the Year

I live in California – the state where people live in sunshine more days then they do not. Where access to free and outdoor activities abounds. And, where this past week a serious threat to a local Pasadena high school was thwarted thanks to the efforts of astute community members and law enforcement.

It isn’t yet September and we are talking about school violence as if it is an eventuality this new school year and no longer “breaking news”. How can this be?

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The Summer Singer – Songwriter Competition that got my attention!

Something exciting, yet subtle, is happening on FACEBOOK this Summer! It is the EZDrummer 2 Songwriting Competition sponsored by Toontracks (a software company that makes music even sound amazing) The contest is one where winner takes home 10,000 and there is plenty of great prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners, too!

Read the about the competition here.

I ordinarily would have bypassed any contest announcement on FACEBOOK, but this one caught my attention because one of the contestants is my good friend and fellow 411 VOICES colleague, Dara Baker (aka Dara On Radio).

Dara has a jazzy, sultry and sassiness to her voice. This Floridian mom, entrepreneur and teacher wrote the music and lyrics to I KNOW, in addition to singing it for her entry.

Listen here to I KNOW and vote for Dara!

I took an opportunity to interview Dara for this article. Here is what I discovered and would love to share with you

A Face. A Social Story. Helping children with Autism to express feelings

I have worked many years within the Autism community and one theme that continually comes up when a person on the spectrum misses or misreads social and emotional cues. This can lead to difficult, awkward and at times, comical situations. Many therapists, psychologists, educators and parents work diligently to try and bring social awareness and correct communication (including semantics) to those who have challenges in these areas.
That is why I decided that some of the scores of photos I have amassed can be put to good use to help others. Feel free to download and share this slideshow.