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I have taken Advanced Abnormal Psychology and studied the DSM-IV-TR in depth. I am ADHD and have written many papers and learned a lot through different non-traditional approaches, such as moving around during a lesson rather than sitting at a desk and filling out a worksheet. My son was diagnosed ADHD and he hated the medication, it took us a few months, but we finally found a method to learn and focus. He hasn't been on medication in 3 years (he is 12).
My son received this diagnosis when he was 3 years old and I thought he was developing slowly. After taking Abnormal Psych at UNT and Advanced Abnormal Psychology for my Masters, I took my DSM to his psychiatrist and asked him to please review the criteria as I understood it, because he did not in fact meet the criteria for A or D or even E. I had until that point studied everything I could get my hands on to understand and help my son more until a class requiring a paper on autism. Every teacher, specialist, psychologist, counselor, or resource center tech adamantly denied my claims against this diagnosis. He ended up having to be hospitalized, the school calling us and telling us to take him directly to the hospital. The counselors their listened to my concerns and agreed that he did not have Asperger's, but PDD - the very last criteria for the disorder in the DSM. I believe these professionals get so caught up in once was without excepting or considering other options because they have grown use to diagnosis, and this is a very dangerous practice.
I played basketball from 3rd grade all the way through high school. I was on the varsity team my freshman year and have coached little league basketball through the YMCA and other community programs. I was offered 2 scholarships to play, though my mother had cancer and I couldn't go away for school at the time and had to stay local until she passed from cancer. I am a strong competitive athlete, excelling in volleyball, soccer, and track as well.
I worked as a Marketing Development Assistant in commercial retail for three years. I would find land in relation to Supercenter Walmarts, then research the local demographics, retail, SES, traffic counts, etc. in order to determine the risk/benefit ration of building where the Wal-Mart was going. Then I would package the retail strip I built with various lease terms and building options or additions. Manuals were sent to potential retailers that included research demonstrating benefits for their business in our center. Included was a map of my future site in relation to the Wal-Mart, the engineers construction of the future layout, the available spaces and dimensions, the retailers logo displayed next to other future clients, along with letter of intent pre-filled for quick and easy responses. All projects were a priority, future clients could reach me at any time to go over specifics. During and after development Due diligence was kept in order and sent to applicable parties and banks. Everything was always in order and accessible for potential clients convenience and to expedite the process of filling all centers before construction was finished to ensure there was no profit loss.
I attended retail conferences and kept everyone from prior projects and future projects in a circle that gave them their statistics and follow ups to the successful business interaction was and how great the next one would be.
I have 10 years experience with phonological disorders that are involved in speech impairments and require the same type of therapy received in Speech Therapy. The principle problem is the individual's lack of enunciation.
These individuals typically require services on training their tongue placement and movement while slowing down the speed of talking. Sometimes the problem is relieved through a thicker vocabulary, so use of words that do not have the same impact or meaning to avoid problematic words is broadened.
Often times enriching environmental situations frequently deprived of can eliminate or significantly reduce language issues.
It is imperative to consider ethnicity and culture when teaching phonics, especially when the individual is bilingual.
I have a BA in Psychology from UNT and will graduate with my MS in Psychology from University of Phoenix in a few months. Afterwards I plan on teaching at the community college or at UNT where I was also on the Dean's List and the Student Representative on the Psychology Board. I'm familiar and have taken courses in the major fields and plenty of sub-fields.
Aside from study skill methods, I also counsel students in writing styles required for all papers (formerly MLA, now APA). This includes precise English grammar, vocabulary, active/passive voices, learning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person voices.
Developing an outline that keeps the student strictly on the topic is important. Knowing when to use commas, semicolons, and colons, as well as identifying sentence structures for hanging/dangling modifiers, run-on sentences, redundancy, and wordiness is key.
Not only does the knowledge of correct layout help develop the paper, but the student writes a paper above grade-level in format, generally earning a higher grade than the content of the paper.