EDP 631: Behind the Label


54658 (for web registration)




Kim Payne






Summer 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 6/7 - 6/8 (9:00AM-4:29PM)


Section A: Competency Area: Educational & Social Policy
Section A: Restricted to Education students through May 8; open to all students starting May 9.
Section B: Competency Area: Elective.
Section B: Restricted to ES students through May 8; open to all students starting May 9.

A deeper look at diagnosis and toxic stress in the lives of children. As we seek to understand our children and adolescents, an ever-increasing number of them are being tested and diagnosed with a range of learning and behavioral disorders. How can we create safety in a world that threatens to overwhelm? How can we create a daily balance between calming and arousal? As we look deeper into the issues that confront our children we may glimpse how, in helping them penetrate the difficulties that face them each day, they are gathering and refining the tools they need. What is the difference between naming and labeling? In this course we will journey from the neurological to the practical. We will challenge the 147hard wired148 principle that so often leads to medication. We will explore a classroom and family-based response to many of the common diagnoses such as Attention Priority Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional/Defiance disorder, Asperger146s /Non-Verbal Learning, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Behaviors 150 moving from survival to empathy.