Pie Slicing

Another not-so-funny comic here, folks...a lot of kids are at risk for losing beneficial services because the forthcoming DSM-V doesn't include Asperger's disorder.  More evidence of the downside of using diagnoses to determine the services kids need.

DSM means Dysfunctional Stereotyping Methods?

Still Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Every 15-20 years, the people who take psychiatric diagnoses very seriously reconvene to figure out how to reconfigure the categories, presumably guided primarily by new research.  For example, the criteria (and names) for what is currently known as ADHD have been changed multiple times since I first memorized them.  And it's pretty clear that we still haven’t settled on how best to categorize kids who have explosive outbursts (a brand new diagnosis --

Annual Summit 2011

The First Annual Lives in the Balance Summit was held on November 12, 2011, in Augusta, Maine. Nearly 200 leaders, educators, parents, and staff members from restrictive therapeutic facilities from across North America participated in a full day of learning, networking, and honoring those who have been devoting their energy and talents to implementing CPS -- and improving the lives of kids with behavioral challenges and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers -- in their realms of influence.

Disparate Advice

As usual, this cartoon isn't really very funny at all. Many of the families that need help the most get bombarded with such different ideas for how to move in the right direction that they have trouble moving in any direction at all. So many of the people who are charged with helping those families don't have mechanisms for communicating with each other or a shared set of lenses and end up spinning their wheels in their efforts to help.  

I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...

The Menu

As usual, this comic really isn't very funny. Too many adults can't think of any other way besides punishment to help a challenging kid.


Try ordering off the menu...it may take longer but everyone will benefit in the end!

Finding Meaning

I’m very sorry it’s taken me so long to write another Real World segment. It’s not as if there’s been nothing to write about.  Indeed, much has happened since my last segment.   We learned that over 60 percent of school-kids in Texas are suspended or expelled at some point during their years in school.  Dictators in several nations in the Middle East were overthrown, and there is hope that democratic institutions will take their places. There was a devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan. Osama bin Laden was found and killed.

The Paddle

Now this isn't really very funny at all. It's the year 2011 and hitting kids with a piece of wood is a form of discipline that is still legal and practiced in 20 states.  Corporal punishment is archaic and counterproductive. It doesn't help adults understand the true factors contributing to a kid's challenging behavior (lagging skills and unsolved problems).  It doesn't solve any problems.  It's not conducive to the development of a helping relationship.


Well, our school may lead them up sh*t's creek, but you can't say we don't provide them with a paddle!


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