There is no such thing - it is impossible. And, sorry to burst all you've been taught within the current systemic educational paradigm in one swoop, but the summer slide is also a myth and does not exist either!
There are three separate points here that are inextricably linked:
But why are these myths so firmly ingrained and perpetuated if they don't exist?
In one word, FEAR. The establishment knows most parents will do anything to help their child and prevent them from being labeled incapable, incompetent, slow (dumb), a failure, or (heaven forbid) BEHIND!
Therefore, they buy into the "treatments" - more coercive, compulsory, rote, and remedial interventions with little value or effectiveness toward authentic learning.
Simply stated, by definition, there is no room for the individual in standardization. Therefore, the traditional age and grade level developmental schedules can't be used to determine anything actually useful about an individual child (teen or adult). Except, as previously mentioned, to instill fear.
Neurodivergent folks are usually the biggest losers in this game. We will always appear to "be behind" in some skills - but "above" standard in others. And most professionals do not (will not) take the time to comprehend how we intentionally use our strengths (create hacks) to compensate for the things we "suck" at. And that, at our very core, we are on the leading edge of innovation precisely because of how our brains work. We are the questioners, the problem-solvers, the deep thinkers, the creators. We are who you want, leading the way in our constantly changing world.
If we all believed the stories we were told about being behind, we would still be forced to stay on task, learn things that make no sense to us, look at people when they speak, and assimilate to become "normal," all while being shoved into those tiny, predetermined, uncomfortable, and utterly predictable, unimaginative, yawn-inspiring boxes.
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If you follow us on FB or Instagram or have tried to call - you know we have had some phone issues over the past few days. We apologize if you have been trying to reach us. DRC now has a temporary phone number: 315-323-1435. We will post on our social media and on the website when the issue is resolved and we get our phone number back. In the meantime, please use the temporary number. Our email, and other methods of contact have not been impacted.
Photos from this past week. Thank you to Artist Kris R. of Kris A Lis Design for coming in to make holiday cookies and sing karaoke with the Canton Peeps.
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