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By Dr. Tara Laughlin, Director of Readiness Curriculum at PAIRIN The world is changing, and so too are the skills necessary to thrive in school, work, and life. Now more than ever, one’s success is linked not just to foundational academic knowledge, such as math and reading, but to competencies such as collaboration, decision making, and...
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By Susan Simpson Forget about practicality and real life for a moment and imagine your dream home. What would it be like? Every well-built home is imagined, then thoughtfully planned in the form of blueprints. Blueprints, diagrams, site plans, floor layouts and engineering drawings all set forth standards and desired outcomes that guide building contractors...
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by Susan Simpson What’s your secret to having a good hair day? Studies have shown women average nearly an hour a day in front of a mirror—mainly touching up their appearance. A different study says men look at themselves in a mirror more often than women. But here is the real scoop: Your hair has...
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by Susan Simpson Imagine yourself waking up in the night and heading to the kitchen for a midnight snack. You’re halfway across the pitch dark room when suddenly a monstrous howl erupts at your feet. Filled with adrenaline you cry out in terror. And then it sinks in that the “monster” is your dog –...
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by Dr. Tara Laughlin Soft Skills Over the last several decades, extensive research has shown the value of soft skills development, at all levels ranging from early childhood to late adulthood.  This research has come from differing fields and researchers with widely diverse backgrounds, illustrating the tremendous value and importance of soft skills.  When analyzing...
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by Susan Simpson PAIRIN applies “hard science” to measure, map and develop over 100 soft skills and mindsets such as Initiative, Adaptability, Persistence and Problem Solving. The relative importance and desirable levels of these behavioral attributes vary according to different occupations. Conversely, the Imperative skills are universal and foundational in that rather than being job-specific,...
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As mentioned in our previous blog post [linked here] on the subject of hiring neurodiverse individuals for a more diverse workplace, many companies are recognizing the benefits of adding more neurodiversity into their organizations. But, it’s important to recognize that in order for a company to fully realize the benefits of having more neurodiverse individuals contribute...
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As mentioned in our first blog in this series, neurodiversity accounts for the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, placing it on a spectrum of neurological function where “neurotypical” aligns with an average brain and “neurodiverse” aligns with brains that are more unique. Individuals with more neurodiverse brains tend to possess...
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Have you ever heard of soft skills, 21st Century skills or non-cognitive skills? Proponents of all camps behind those terms recognize that these skills are essential for students’ success. At PAIRIN, we use the term ‘Essential Skills.’ We like this term because it communicates how these are skills that are essential in any workplace, team...
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When a child has learning differences, they were previously labeled as “Special Ed,” but more recent advances in research have shown that these instances are merely neurodiversities, which are simply differences in brain functionality. Neurodiverse individuals have both unique strengths and weaknesses that are different from those of neurotypical brains. And while these individuals bring...
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