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Joell Dunlap ask me the other day, and I am passing it on to our Dream Team:
If money wasn't an issue- what elements would be in a sensory garden? Edible plants, filtered light, fruit trees- what else? Water Element of course (Joell Dunlap)

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Perfectionism in student' in the forum. 06/28/2018

You also have a really neat physics lesson where failure is the only way to get answers at:
ntls.co/courses/lesson-plans/315-science...-standard-science-1b

Can be used beginning of the year to introduce the idea of failure as a good thing, could be adjusted to teach money value in lower grades, and certainly start teaching the scientific process/ engineering design process- very flexible fun lesson!

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

Joell:
how many other kids?  do you have enough volunteers to shadow and follow him?  It's tricky - sometimes the other kids will show tremendous kindness if your human environment and horse environment is spot on - but that is tricky if you have new or inexperienced volunteers

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

Deb:
Ok. I love the advice, but what about the other kids? Since he hit a volunteer while looking at the chickens the first visit while we were talking to the mom, what happens if he does hit a kid? Since the parents are there the normal control stuff will probably surface.

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

Joell:
 We have several kids with violence issues and we’ve been really successful. Ru is right - NO SHAME is key. Make it funny and dramatic and super silly and turn it into tickle games. If we work with horses we can take more pain than the average person so it’s going to be okay if he directs it at us. Silly, giant reactions help him with through all the feelings of powerlessness. Make sure you praise the animals for their kindness in his presence but make it about the animal and not about him. I can explain that last part further if you need me to
 You can even have him direct a pool noodle fight where he gets to be the king and chooses two of you to be nights and have a sword fight. That puts him in control and sees that this can be silly. Most violence in children comes from not feeling in control. So find a way to give him more control than he can imagine. In front load the experience. By that I mean Lead with keeping a position of power on him as soon as he gets there to be knights..,

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

 Deb:
Was thinking about making puppet skits and addressing it in the beginning with all the kids. Should we not address it until if he hits?Apparently he hits at school too

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

 Always always always make a joke out of it and turn the whole thing into a Scooby doo (you or volunteer etc) running away in a funny way then turn and chase him etc.This way he feels safe abd not shamed and you can participate in his mood whatever it isBiancas designated hitting space is also goodIts likely that if you create a stress free enviro you wont see any violence however because violence is usually a stress reaction But having the strategies makes it less stressfull for you all and therefore for him too

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

@Bianca Rimbach that makes sense. I am worried he might hit the other kids and trigger the anger of the 14 year old, or the little 5 year old who’s so gentle

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Brimbach replied to the topic 'Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

Deb: 
Wow I do like that idea. A designated hitting area. So do a round up in the beginning to talk about it. Carry the pillow with us? Wherever we go?

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Brimbach created a new topic ' Hitting Instead of Using Words- What to Do?' in the forum. 06/25/2018

We have a 5 yr old with ADHD, Microcephaly (subdued by RISPERIDONE), speech and speech process delay, sometimes hits instead of using his words. Sure enough, during the first visit evaluation he hit the volunteer in the stomach.
He’s in with a 5 year old with autism (very sweet), and three adopted siblings (ages 10-14) with the oldest had childhood trauma and can get angry but we’ve never seen him be anything but helpful to the the kid and sweet to his sibs. First: MM style. Just go with his likes, sports, horses, being in the open country (calm open environment) and see what happens? Or talk to all the kids first saying “ we have a rule here, no hitting old ladies or anyone else unless we are having a noodle fight...(could explain the rules for the noodle fight and have one planned in a sports game?) What are the consequences for hitting a person or an animal? Should we separate him from the other kids? We’ve only dealt with one kid who hit (years ago) because he couldn’t be in confined spaces. I told him if he hit old ladies or anyone else, he couldn’t come here because we would not be safe and able to run the program. He was older with Downs/Autism. No problem after that. Any advise. 

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Oh my, Troy- I would be in jail before I could send out an invite- this is the land of the free and brave- so ironic that we are so over protective in some ways and not so much in others.

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Our head of Special Education asked me in the hallways after our MM training:

"I am giving a summer camp for physically disabled and emotionally challenged middle and high schooler. The theme is "Animals, Action, Art" do you have ideas what to do?"

Posting this to our amazingly experienced and creative team from NTLS...

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