LNN Posted January 5, 2013 Report Share Posted January 5, 2013 For about 2 years, I've had a dream of developing an "empathy" course for teachers to help them understand what it feels like to be a kid with OCD, tics, ADHD, etc. I'm finally in a position to make this a reality and thought I'd ask for your ideas. In this class, I plan to have teachers experience the discomfort of each symptom and then educate them - not about Pandas specifically, but on each symptom as a condition unto itself. So "here's what it feels like to have OCD" - now here's 5 min of info on OCD, how to treat it, what ERP is, how to help a child cope in the classroom..."here's what it feels like to have ADHD" - now here's 5 min of info on ADHD and coping ideas... The goal is only to help an adult realize that "just stop doing xyz" isn't very helpful to anyone. To get them to apreciate just how hard it is for a kid and to drive home the point that behaviors aren't acts of rebellion. For OCD, I will have everyone put their finger on one eyebrow and rub the hair toward the bridge of their nose (i.e. in the opposite direction the hair normally grows/lies). Then don't fix the hair for 2 minutes and try to concentrate on what I'm saying, not on the discomfort of the eyebrow. This is what it feels like to have "feels right" OCD - you just need to make things feel right before you can concentrate on something else. Next, I'll have everyone dip their index finger into a cup of honey. Rub fingers together. Then leave your fingers sticky for 2 minutes while needing to write, shake hands, use an object that's recently been made sticky by someone else - this is what it feels like to have germ contamination OCD. You just have this overwhelming need to clean your hands. For sensory processing, I'm going to pin a small, bunched up ball of Tulle onto the back of your shirt and ask you to concentrate on my lecture as you get annoyingly scratched by the Tulle. I may put a pebble in your shoe and tell you not to fidget with it. I may play an amplified tape recording of the hum of flourescent lights. For tics, I'll talk about how people can get itchy just from the power of suggestion. I'll go on about how just talking about being itchy can make you want to scratch your nose or cheek. How the need to scratch can become very distracting. Yes, you can suppress the urge to scratch for a time, just like you can suppress a tic for awhile. But the distracting urge to scratch doesn't go away. Then, when I finally tell you you can scratch, you'll probably have the need to scratch like crazy, just like the way someone with a tic will tic like crazy when they finally get to tic in a safe place. I need ideas on how to make someone experience ADHD, anxiety, "senior moments" where you knew something but now can't recall it, rages, etc... Does anyone have any ideas on how to make someone experience these symptoms? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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