Many discussions now regarding young people and their loved ones, education, social justice and criminal justice reforms in Oklahoma bisect one another. Careful understanding of such issues requires pulling the lens back some, in order to define, revisit and perfect issue identification, asset identification, resources identification and replies to need. The complexity of the fall out of the combined issue of problems and fails, can be difficult to relate in simple terms for many families, systems and leaders.
Kids really only have one task, and that is to grow. Similar to crops, there is a need to rapidly assess and plan adjustments in what they are offered in order to optimize the outcome as young adults, and then adults. Thought it isn’t as simple as just add water, there are some things to keep in mind which make for a broader portal to see, reply and succeed.
The following information, is a logical tool kit which is usable by anyone trying to communicate a picture of need to the public, their community, social/civic/religious group or even to legislators. It has some key components, and a newly emerged tool wraps up at the end, which can be duplicated on paper with art or office tools, or in a more advanced infographic computerized model or even animated same.
Not long ago, a single issue reflecting problems in Oklahoma education got national attention. Oklahoma failing readers. Some local media attempted to explain what wasn’t obvious in national blurbs, but maybe this still hasn’t been understood. Funding cuts in health,mental health, addictions care and education along with Oklahoma ‘s long history of for profit imprisonment get a quick revisit as a cluster problem here. 2016, same kids, same families, same satellite problems. It isn’t necessary to hire an expert to review how things can be explained, defined and advocated for in more effective ways.
Constant trips and falls are not simply an issue of more or less money. Oklahoma has a long history of linking arms and resources for good. Some clarity might help that trait become stronger on these issues now in crisis mode.
It used to be that Maslow oft was the way to go to express life needs and prioritization. This still has value, and is a not to miss baseline for a beginner. The bigger and better hug on this topic is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and it is called the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.
Nudge national issues of social climate for related change by considering these strains of thought. Marian Wright Edelman is a champion of issues of civil and educational rights in young child life and family over time. Michelle Alexander is also a civil rights lawyer and advocate for change on the topic of criminal justice reforms and why these are knit with family life, self development and community issues. Systems induced traumas are real, and need to be understood in relation to poor or outdated policy, custom and law which is ultimately predatory or causes crashes instead of support, this is one of a five part series. Social Justice letter writing can be taught, and some groups or individuals have to reply to a snail mail letter or fax, but don’t have to reply formally to a phone call or an email. Know the difference? (See this examples by clicking cursor over the blue links).
Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control ask that more people understand the interlock on effects of deprivation, disintegration of self and family via trauma on child and adult dysfunctions, using something called the ACES Study. Oklahoma is a poster child for this in many families, and this is a simple and useable study which many find to be a relief of definition, and a path in one.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin commissioned a study on principle, which many people did not seem to read and comprehend the inbound question or method posed by the study, much less the outcomes and who seconded this… odd collection.
The bubble graph, is a tool that formats needs with circles which are surrounded by other circles which tag the service collection which responds to the identified need. Imagery, with color coding which can be revisited, reproduced or referenced in a simple conversation of family and provider, or broader conversations with insurance, or legislators or community planners is pleasantly helpful and satisfying. It isn’t just people who have severely disabled or unwell family who can benefit from such formatting of information. This tool, in a grand powerpoint by a Denver Pediatric Medicine expert shows a kindness, shows a tremendous amount of work put forward by professionals, paraprofessionals and family to make a net of service which answers timely, realistic, real life needs.
This listing above, which follows something which could be called “if-then” processes travels a path of problem, conceptualization errors, conceptualization best practices, resources, resilience, need and reply isn’t something that appears as a collection often. What kinds of discernment and communications methods are taught across Oklahoma to aid in such, in and out of the process of formal education or within continuing education?
Most people advocating self or others either over simplify in the interest of time, over explain due to stress or high need of repeat crisis exposure or even in desperation at the problem of known issues having the rug pulled out from under the focus of the issue, the family, the teacher, the carer or the systems of service.
Can sharing this article daily in community for a month, making one’s own bubblegraph or discussing over dinner spark enough awareness to provide for better assertions, and on to abundance in feasible, best practices solutions? Can hope be defined, assessed, taught and improved upon? Certainly worth a try.