Today’s world is changing so rapidly it's sometimes hard to keep up. We shift from answering our phones, to sending an email to our ever growing to-do-lists; it is no wonder our minds can barely keep up in this ever-changing dynamic world we live in.
I want to begin by looking at the complex and amazing organ; the brain.
Dynamic Intelligence (or dynamic thinking) is the brain's capacity to problem solve. It represents the way we learn to develop and organise knowledge from our own experiences and from the experiences of others. It helps us to be able to use our thought processes to interact thoughtfully with others, collaborate, and meet our own needs at the end of the day.
In my previous blog post I introduced you to the critical parent-child guiding relationship that occurs in infancy, where we spend hundreds of hours communicating with a baby before words are even spoken. It is here during this emotional feedback that dynamic intelligence begins to develop.
Static Intelligence is quite simply what we know. It is the information we have acquired through instruction, repetition and rote learning. For example two times two will always equal four, the capital of Australia is Canberra and any of our habits and routines that we perform, generally happen with little conscious thought or effort.
Typically speaking people with autism and other neurological developmental disorders can excel in the realm of static intelligence, where they feel safe and competent, yet they tend to lack dynamic intelligence and get overwhelmed with the challenges of our changing dynamic environment.
In recent times it was believed that people with autism could only be taught “static” skills and there has been an enormous focus on teaching such skills in rote learning situations.
As we begin to understand autism more deeply we know from a neurological perspective, the brain of someone with autism is simply wired differently, which impacts many aspects of life- from how the brain works, to how it processes information, and how the individual relates to the world around him/her.
As a consultant trained in Relationship Development Intervention® I am able to guide parents, caregivers, teachers and other significant adults to “re-construct” the guided participation relationship through which dynamic intelligence is learned. Through this process parents learn to break down learning to think and perceive a world full of change and complexity into small, simple components.
Through research into ‘neuroplasticity’ we now know that it is possible to change the way the brain works. The pathways and connections can be changed and the cognitive skills that were missed during the developmental pathway in children with autism can be learned. Through this developmental approach to supporting autism parents become confident mind-guides to their child/children leading them through the journey of development in a slow and steady pace.