Two questions underscore important points related to kids with special needs.
To understand that statement, answer each of the following questions: What color are road stop signs? What color are yield signs?
If you answered “red” for stop signs, you were correct. Yet if you’re like the overwhelming majority who say yield signs are yellow, then you were wrong.
Yield signs have not been yellow since 1971. Truly. For more than 40 years, yield signs are red and white.
So, how is it possible people still think yield signs are yellow, and what does that have to do with special needs kids?
Well, we think yield signs are yellow for one of two reasons. If you’re someone who drove in the ’60s—when they actually were yellow—then your brain never updated the information, even though you’ve passed thousands of red and white yield signs for decades.
In short, our brain doesn’t automatically renew and revise circuits. Instead, we have to consciously update our brain when new information comes our way.
If you thought yield signs were yellow—even though they’ve been red since you’ve been alive—then incorrect information was imprinted on your brain. How could that happen?
Easy. The brain doesn’t have an automatic fact checker. For example, Google “clip art for yield signs” and we’ll find lots of yellow ones. We’ll also find red and white ones. Read the rest of this entry →