June 17, 2016

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This week in USAAA WeeklyNews Special Edition

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Improving Teacher Empathy to Improve Student Behavior

Divergent thinking

USAAA Conference - Reserve Your Seat Now!

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Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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Divergent thinking

My Viewpoint on Grit: The power of passion and perseverance, by Marlo Payne Thurman, PhD

Marlo Payne Thurman, PhD, analyzed Angela Lee Duckworth's TED talk and how ideas may apply to children and adults in the autism and Asperger communities.

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Marlo Payne Thurman, PhD will be presenting at the 2016 USAAA 11th Annual World Conference in Louisville, KY, August 18-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. Dr. Thurman will open the conference on Thursday, August 18 with a new study on Intelligence, Cognition, and Sensory Processing of people with autism and Asperger Syndrome. "We will learn about the implications and have a much different understanding, for the first time ever, of those who are diagnosed with autism or Asperger Syndrome.

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"What I see as the most functional and useful form of intelligence today is actually divergent thinking."


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"I believe that being divergent in a system that essentially squashes divergence is the basis for true grit."

Improving Teacher Empathy to Improve Student Behavior

By Dr. Robert Brooks

Simply defined, empathy is the capacity to place oneself in the shoes of another person and to perceive the world through that person's eyes. Empathy does not imply that you agree with other people but rather that you attempt to appreciate and validate their point of view....

....Empathy is a significant component of social-emotional learning programs offered in schools, and I am pleased to report that an increasing number of medical schools now require specific training experiences to enhance empathy in future doctors.

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"Discipline is most effective in the context of a good relationship."...I began to appreciate that empathy displayed by teachers and other staff in an attempt to understand the world and perception of these challenging students was of paramount importance in reaching and teaching them.

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"The CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ALL: Parents and Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Self-Advocates, and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related disorders."

REGISTER NOW. Be sure to join us at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for the 11th Annual USAAA 2016 World Conference. Over 800 people attended last year, so be sure to reserve your seat now and SAVE!

The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) has approved the USAAA Conference program for up to 19.8 contract hours for 16 sessions. Licensed nurses in Kentucky may receive continuing education at the USAAA 2016 World Conference and Expo. KBN joins national associations AOTA, APA, ASHA and NASW providing continuing education credits at the USAAA 2016 World Conference and Expo.

Over 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism and Asperger communities will share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself at the USAAA 2016 World Conference and Expo. more information...

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"We are very excited to have the Kentucky Board of Nursing as a co-sponsor providing a valuable opportunity for licensed nurses in Kentucky to expand their knowledge of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and related disorders," said USAAA Chairman Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD.



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