My Elbert: Neurodifference…Feeling Weak or Weary?

Weary means κοπιάω (Strong’s #2872 — Verb — kopiao — kop-ee-ah’-o ) (a) “to grow tired with toil,” Matthew 11:28; John 4:6; revelation 2:3 , also means (b) “to bestow labor, work with toil,” Romans 16:6; Galatians 4:11; in John 4:38 , AV, “bestowed (no) labor,” RV, “have (not) labored,” and, in the same verse, AV and RV, “labored.” See LABOR , TOIL , WEARY

…What is neurodiversity

People with dyslexia and other forms of neurodiversity have sound and language processing problems. They will struggle to connect letters to sounds and, mainly difficulties identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words; as well, those with visual processing difficulties struggle to understand visual information such as letters, shapes, or objects and problems processing the graphic symbols (mainly, problems with convergence). Other difficulties related to the absorption and processing of sounds [sounds especially can be omitted from words by the student], students with dyslexia most commonly omit letter sounds, words, phrases in the middle position, then the end, and least commonly the beginning. When they omit, they might do sound confusions such as repetition(s), substitution(s), addition(s) or delete altogether, on the other hand; transversal(s) and reversal(s) are more common in students with a visual processing difficulties. P.S. I suggest -have them remember: if it doesn’t look or sound right reread or rewrite till your “brain feels better” [trust your brain-you are smart, you can do it, and you are love]. Ask me how I can help you by tutoring, coaching, consulting and/or training

What is neurodivergency…

I  consult to help others discover their own/someone else’s learning uniquenesses, interest, and how to use their gifts and strengths. Those with a neurodifference usually have a neurodivergency; meaning, they often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “why’s of dyslexia”. They also have deep and holistic, list-form type thinking including: problem-solving and building/constructing abilities, competitive drive, computer skills, and gaming strategies. They seek their own endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic, and visionary skills while taking on inventing and innovating pursuits. I can also tell you that they may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many sides, and patterns/spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions-using our strong evaluation skills and imagination (capable of observing patterns of: color, shape, size, dimension, rhythm, meter, tone, and chant). They have an innate ability for caring for people, animals, and nature [Note: sometimes due to circumstances they go against their own nature in this respect]. Lastly, I prepare students with unique learning and neurodifferences to connect to the world with enrichment classes through my program MY ELBERT.

…What is neruopedagogy

My current practice is a holistic, alternative approach to being and aims to learn how to stimulate new zones of the brain, and increase self-directed neuroplasticity, and create connections (neuropathways) for learning to be successful. Furthermore, it is targeted at naturally stimulating the brains of all types of learners, not only those with students who have learning differences. You need to know that my neuropedagogy is based on the following: my own inductive reasoning, logic of evaluation, outside-of-the box, type problem-solving skills, detective sense contributed to my own gift of neurodivergency, gift of knowledg, and wisdom (discernment), countless hours of student observations (Montessori), (w)holism, neuroscientific, neuropsychology, educational research (Orton-Gillingham and “Science of Reading”), and spiritual/religious studies (Nouthetic Counseling) along with my perpetual care for the “whole person”. We can identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem, and connection (unity) with God; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health and wellness

My Neuropedagogy also includes a theory called “prudential personalism”. The theory is called “personalism” because the goal or purpose is the flourishing of the human person; since the human person is clearly one thing or set of things and one set of needs rather than another, it provides an objective norm that rescues it from total subjectivism. The fact that personalism has a supernatural dimension is the reason why excellent spiritual care is essential, and why we are not obliged to use every means possible to preserve physical life. We are created to “know, love and serve God in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next.”* The theory is “prudential” because, unlike a deontological system, it maximizes human freedom and creativity (wisely real), allowing diverse paths to the same goal or purpose, depending on circumstances. Because they focus on obedience and conformity of the will; deontological ethics often results in an impoverished view of the human person, one in which the person lacks autonomy and self-determination and has but a limited ability to integrate grace in the form of perduring moral qualities, or virtues. Note: [In regards to education], prudential personalism is based on a solid and evolving understanding of the human person, and it draws on the full range of human decision-making capacity. Where autonomy, attunement and adaptability are a must for others to flurish; As well, celebrating a life of prayer, study, and constant striving to be open to the spirit of truth. Sister Jean deBlois Health Progress 2007, 88 (2): 14-9. [Retreieved from https://www.chausa.org/publications/health-progress/article/march-april-2007/what-is-prudential-personalism-why-does-it-matter-]

* The Ashley-O’Rourke theory† (and Catholic ethics in general) are firmly rooted in teleology.

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The weary need discernment upon their ego state

Psyche would be the ego conditioned individual’ “mind‘ wherein knowing “their being”; meaning what one is as a person and why here on earth through ontological training from family, culture, religion, education etc. which that” …is an ego states- they are an adaptation to various life circumstances, rather than innate states of being. Sometimes a person becomes stuck in an ego state, or finds that an ego state is no longer beneficial. A child abuse victim, for example, might get stuck in the role of frightened child.

What is discernment?

Definition of discernment. 1 : the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure [such as “one’s life purpose”, “reason for being”]; as well, a skill in discerning. 2 : an act of perceiving or discerning something. Note: Through Saving Faith Receive Discernment which includes discipline training; Saving Faith is the knowledge of, trust in, and commitment to Jesus Christ that is required for salvation:

To know wisdom and disciplined training;

to understand words of discernment;

To receive disciplined training in prudence,

right living, judgment and uprightness.

Arms, D. R., ed. (2019). The Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs (J. E. Adams, Trans.; Fourth Revised Edition, Pr 1:2–3). Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

Discernment is best understood as a “habit of mind and practice” to better understand what our health care mission requires of us in response to the particular challenges and opportunities that emerge in the course of organizational life. Discernment can enhance a decision-making lens, tool or process by constantly inviting those who discern into a deeper, broader and more reflective relationship to the evidence gathered, the people engaged in the process and the good that is imagined. [Retrieved from https://www.chausa.org/publications/health-progress/archives/issues/summer-2022/why-a-habit-of-discernment-is-crucial-for-catholic-health-care]

SEE GRAPH BELOW CALLED GOD’S PERCEPTION

*ARAS (thalamus) -including: Thymus, Pons, RAS (HPA & ACC)/GUTDESPAIR of having anger and shame (worry, idolatry & fear, sloth of the SUPEREGO) Woe To Discernment of Meekness & Justice instead understand His Will and fear of the Lord (awe-filled reverence and profound respect). Note: [“…with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, living as becomes you] with complete lowliness [in heart and mind]: idolatry of the heart, needs justice (kindness,unselfishness, gentleness, mildness) and sloth of the mind, needs meekness (patience, compassion, goodness), both need discernement of love (righteouness, humility, knowldge, wisdom) bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Ephesians 4:2 AMPC Note: SHAME– ASUNETOS (Strong’s #801 — Adjective — asunetos — as-oon’-ay-tos) “without understanding or discernment(a, negative, sunetos, “intelligent, understanding”), is translated without understanding” in Matthew 15:16 : Mark 7:18; Romans 1:31; 10:19 , RV, “void of understanding” (AV, “foolish”); in Romans 1:21 , RV, “senseless” (AV, “foolish”). synetós (an adjective, derived from 4920 /syníēmi, “to understand by synthesizing”) – properly, “personal” understanding that results from correlating facts (concepts), i.e. as understanding works in keeping with one’s own perspective properly, without comprehension; foolish because incoherent (failing to “put facts together “).

What is discernment meekness? (Divine Love)

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] Matthew 11:29 AMPC Lowliness of heart and mind are indispensable in our approach to our Heavenly Father and our hope of receiving revelation and sanctification. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). AND [Jesus] said to His disciples, Temptations (snares, traps set to entice to sin) are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they come! Luke 17:1 AMPC Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 AMPC Note: Meeknessis an attribute of human nature and behavior that has been defined as an amalgam of righteousness, inner humility, and patience. Meekness is essentially an attitude or quality of heart whereby a person is willing to accept and submit without resistance to the will and desire of someone else. [Retrieved from https://www.regent.edu/journal/inner-resources-for-leaders/spiritual-meekness-a-virtue-for-christian-leaders/]. “…because from the squeezing of milk out come curds, from the squeezing of the nose out comes blood; so too from the squeezing of anger out comes strife. [Also see idolatry] Arms, D. R., ed. (2019). The Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs (J. E. Adams, Trans.; Fourth Revised Edition, Pr 30:33). Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

Basically: Discernment of Meekness- Gentleness

rids idolatry due to deceit (despair) and anger, acting in resentment

by releasing unto trust believing in the Love with trust

loving-kindness, complete joy (see Mercy)

What is discernment of justice? (Divine Honor)

Definition of discernment. 1 : the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is just, especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments The administration of law, especially the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity The quality of being just, impartial or fair, and when to seek forgiveness of others. The maintenance or administration of of His justice: “Jesus responded, not just by picking out two commandments at random. He cited one commandment that pertains directly to man in relationship with His God: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” He said, “This is the first and great commandment.” Mathew 22″34-40. Comes arrogance [Pride]—comes shame; but wisdom is with the humble. Arms, D. R., ed. (2019). The Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs (J. E. Adams, Trans.; Fourth Revised Edition, Pr 11:2). Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

Basically: Discernment of Justice- Greatness

rids sloth due to guilt (despair) and shame, acting in disrespect or deceit

by despising releasing unto believing in the Love of peace-loving (Faith)

Saving faith is expressed in baptism, is joined with repentance 

• making restitution for wrongs committed (1 Chr 21:22–26)

• abasing oneself before the wronged party (Gen 33:3)

and works through love. Christians are not justified by such things, but nor are they justified without them. It is only faith that saves, not because faith is greater than love or any other virtue, but because faith unites believers with Christ, in whom and because of whom they are accepted. So faith alone justifies, but the faith that justifies is never alone, it never exists without love and good works. complete faithfulness (see Grace.)

Dr. Charles Stanley states, “It is simply [with meekness] dwelling in God’s s presence without any visual or verbal distractions. He encourages believers to just sit in a dark and quiet room with the Lord.” “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.” “We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.” Charles Stanley, preacher of His Word- The Gospels. [Retrieved from https://quotestats.com/topic/charles-stanley-quotes/]. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (power-joy-pons), and with all thy soul (energy-bliss-thymus), and with all thy mind (power-joy-pons) and strength (body-delight-ras-gut). Mathew 22:37-39

So many of us have neurodiversity and need to overcome shame due to suppressive anger…

What is the best way to support those with Neurodevelopmental disorders or Neurodiversity in later onset

I find the best support includes understanding the impact that a negative social environment, aka learning with trauma, has on those who have a neurodiversity, or as I prefer to say “neurodifferent”. My program, My Elbert, was developed to help those who feel weak and weary due to being neurodifferent including those working with them. Mainly, I help others to succeed and employ a positive attitude towards learning and learning environment. Instead of allowing shame and anger to overwhelm the learner, I focus on bringing in positive emotions and teaching methods for instance observing when they are needing calm delight. As well, help the learner with their learning difference and change their brain with self-directed neuroplasticity [flexibility] and atonement [adaptability]- The meaning of the word is simply at-one-ment, i.e., the state of being at one or being reconciled, so that atonement is reconciliation. Thus it is used to denote the effect which flows from the death of Christ. Easton, M. G. (1893). In Illustrated Bible Dictionary and Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature (p. 66). Harper & Brothers.

I support students (children-adults) with mixed: My Elbert enrichment along with literacy ntervention, and tutoring online classes. Specifically, my bible literacy classes/sessions stem from a hybrid of elements and methods from Montessori- life domains and development with observation, Nouthetic Counseling- theology, evangelism, behavioral sciences , and Orton-Gillingham methods- practice of reading in research as well scienece of reading . I developed this program due to my own experience and being labeled severely learning disabled as a young child.  As well as, I would like to share I little about myself, I have a Neurodiversity in Auditory, Visual and Vestibular as well a Neurodivergency which had made me weak and weary over the span of my life instead of knowing my gifts and strength of my mind. Basically, I also struggled with anger/shame that had to many other “deeper emotions” due to LD (view My Story Of Dyslexia: HERE and ask about my RESUME!)

According to Mark Briscoe, Jesus experienced anger and grief. His anger was a righteous anger for it had selfless reasons. He experienced grief when Lazarus died but not for Lazarus but for the people who loved Lazarus. He knew he would raise Lazarus. But looking at the people who wept he was grieved. And you find the shortest verse in the Bible. Jesus wept

He [Jesus] did’nt feel shame or guilt for they imply He would have sinned

Paul says that God has written a certain knowledge of His laws on every human heart [Rom. 2:14-15], and experience confirms this.  But conscience can be misinformed, or conditioned to regard evil as good, or become seared and dull through repeated sin [1 Tim. 4:2].  The judgments of conscience are only to be received as God’s voice when they match God’s own truth and law in Scripture.  The conscience must be … educated to

judge

scripturally

     Superstition  or scruple may lead a person to count as sinful an action that according to God’s word is not sinful.  But for such a “weak” conscience [Rom. 14:1-2; 1 Cor. 8:7, 12;]  to go against itself and do what it mistakenly judges to be wrong would be sin [Rom. 14:23].  Those whose conscience is “weak” should never be pressed to do what destroys their good conscience.  What is judged as being “good” or “bad, “right” or wrong” and not the attitude of as “trying my best” which is given in grace. Check out where we process “good or bad”: [Retrived from https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6940253740784373760].

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭9:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Published by Tricia Cook, MEd., Online Dyslexia and Behavioral Interventionist, RSP, AA O-G Tutor & Montessorian

My interest is in helping parents and teachers to understand learning and behavioral challenges and to love learning again. I graduated from Auburn in ECE in 1998. I have been a Montessori teacher here in Birmingham for almost 12 years and have lived in Birmingham for the past 19 years. As an early childhood teacher, I want continue to grow and develop as a constant learner. In 2012, I graduated from Secondary Education with a P-12 Reading Specialist certification the University of Alabama. As a Reading Specialist, I train on diversity and literacy development; I have a specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating your literacy and neurodiversity behavioral, character development programing. Also, I have varying experiences designing instruction and environments for Montessori and Non-Montessori (OSR-Pre-K) environments. Therefore, I can consult for any environment or setting! In 2013, I attained my highly qualified status in ECE and Reading. In 2013, I also got my Orton-Gillingham AA tutor certification. I currently tutor full-time along with consulting. I have actually been tutoring since 2003. Along with other independent tutoring/interventionist experiences, I have brought dozens of students from an emergent to an advanced reading level! In addition to tutoring, I have provided the reading strengths and needs of my students and share that information to classroom teachers, parents, specialized teachers, and other stakeholders.  Lastly, I have also been a trainer/presenter, since 2008 and really enjoy this aspect of my career. As an experienced trainer, I have trained on many topics including: literacy (the five components), classroom management, positive discipline, diversity character development, Montessori Philosophy, policies and procedures, child development, and Alabama's Pre-k. Take note: Schools and families are desperately looking for an alternative type of affordable multi-sensory, hands-on, and interesting instruction. Currently, I am training and interested in writing on the following topics: A Comparison of Pre-K to Kindergarten; Adolescent Literacy (7th+); Assessment; Developing Readers; Children’s Literature; Classroom Management Techniques; Comprehension; Montessori Philosophy; Environmental Print & Early Writing; Family Attachment; Language and Literacy; Outdoor Classroom; Poetry Writing (7th+); Positive Guidance; Fine-motor Development; Cursive Writing; Creative Writing; Comprehension: Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies; Morphology; Phonics Instruction; Diversity Education; Neurodiversity Education; HandWriting; Reading Strategies; Best Practices P-12. Thank you, Tricia Cook, MEd., RSP, AOG; https://linktr.ee/tcooktutor

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