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Toys For Children With Learning Difficulties

toys for children with learning difficulties

So firstly topa -- study -- which is generally associated with technical knowledge and the understanding of the Scriptures and so on. But true knowledge goes much further than that as we have already seen. And the first requirement for topa is to develop a kind of bravery, to become a great warrior. Now when the true warrior goes into battle he does not concern himself with his past and with recollections of his former greatness and strenght, nor is he concerned with the consequences for the future and with thoughts of victory and defeat, or pain and death. The greatest warrior knows himself and has great confidence in himself. He is simply conscious of his opponent. He is quite open and fully aware of the situation, without thinking in terms of good and bad. What makes him a great warrior is that he has no opinions ; he is simply aware. Whereas his opponents, being emotionaly involved in the situation, would not be able to face him, because he is acting truly and sailing through their fear and is able to attack the enemy with effect. Therefore topa, study and understanding, demands the quality of a great warrior. One should try to develop theoretical knowledge without being concerned with the past or the future. At first one's theories may be inspired by reading books, so we do not altogether dismiss learning and studying, which are very important and can provide a source of inspiration. But books can also become merely a means to escape from reality ; they can provide an excuse for not really making an effort to examine things in detail for oneself. Reading can be rather like eating food. Up to a point one eats from physical necessity, but beyond that one is doing it for pleasure, because one likes the taste of food, or possibly just to fill up time : it is either breakfast time or lunch time or tea time or time for dinner. In the development of sherab it is clear that we do not read merely to accumulate information. We should read with great openness without making judgments, and just try to receive. The analogy is sometimes made of a child in a toy shop. He is so interested in everything that he becomes one with all the toys in the shop, and finally he has great difficulty in deciding which one to buy. He loses the very concept of having an opinion, such as "I want to buy this, I don't want to buy that". He becomes one with everything to such a point that he just can't decide. Learning should be like that -- without opinions ("I like this, I don't like that"), but just accepting -- not because it is in the Scriptures or because some Teacher says so and you have to accept it as an authority, nor because you don't have the right to criticise -- but rather accepting out of sheer openness, without any obstacles. So read and study and develop a kind of inspiration from it. You can get a great deal from all kinds of books, but there is a limit, and when you develop a kind of general inspiration and self-confidence, then you should stop reading.
/ Chogyam Trungpa / Shambhala Publications /

Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD

I'm going to check this out and report back! Let me know if you'd like details.

One interesting thing I learned from my psychiatrist is that adult ADHD patients often present quite different symptoms from child ADHD patients, because adults have had years to develop compensatory behaviors.

For example, I don't really forget things that much (except for names), because I am extremely careful to write things down and make lists and notes. I can't do that for every person I meet (oh your name is Tommy? hold on one sec while I write that down-- ), so I'm pretty sure that's why my name recall is horrible.

Take the following diagnostic criteria (from the DSM-IV) for ADHD:

a) Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
e) Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
f) Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
g) Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (eg, toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)

Can you see how an adult, after years of embarrassment, suffering, and failure, might be able to develop techniques to overcome these things, and therefore not clearly meet the diagnostic criteria? It's not that they don't have ADHD anymore, it's that part of their brain cycles are constantly occupied with maintaining these compensatory subroutines.

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