The Story of Mushkil Gusha

Theater presentation of the story of "Mushkil Gusha" by the Instituto de Investigação Para o Conhecimento e Desenvolvimento das Facultades Latentes do Ser Humano and Essential Kids in Santa Catarina, Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Kd_etbub0 MUSHKIL GUSHA by Idries Shah in Caravan of Dreams When a number of people come together, and if these people are harmonized in … Continue reading The Story of Mushkil Gusha

Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

This upcoming week Essential Kids will participate in the Science Based Innovation Training on the Frontiers of Innovation  approach to program development and testing at the Center of the Developing Child in Harvard University. We are very interested in this training as it is an introduction to a set of guiding principles and tools that … Continue reading Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Project DQ identifies 8 digital life skills all children need – and proposes a plan for teaching them. Similar to IQ or EQ, an individual’s facility and command of digital media is a competence that can be measured. This is known as DQ: digital intelligence, which is a highly adaptive intelligence. They define Digital intelligence or “DQ” as a “the sum of social, emotional … Continue reading 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

The Teen Brain Still Under Construction

One of the ways that scientists have searched for the causes of mental illness is by studying the development of the brain from birth to adulthood. Powerful new technologies have enabled them to track the growth of the brain and to investigate the connections between brain function, development, and behavior. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shares interesting research findings … Continue reading The Teen Brain Still Under Construction

Brilliant Hospital Gowns Help Teen Patients Feel Like Themselves

"You're Unique. Why should your gown be any different?" - Ward+Robes Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada came up with the simple but brilliant idea to create hospital gowns that teens would actually want to wear. The recently launched WARD + ROBES program allows each teen to pick out a gown that suits them, allowing them to feel less like a patient and more … Continue reading Brilliant Hospital Gowns Help Teen Patients Feel Like Themselves

How We Learn

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.” That’s a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it’s … Continue reading How We Learn

Negative attention from teachers can lead to more negative student behaviors

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a new method for observing and measuring teacher interaction with every child in a classroom. As a result of testing this method within K-3 classrooms, they found that students who receive more negative attention from teachers experience increases in problems with emotional regulation, concentration and disruptive behaviors. … Continue reading Negative attention from teachers can lead to more negative student behaviors