Whether instilling life-affirming values and empowering children through art and media, or helping young women rise to the many challenges of motherhood, nobody does it better than Ruth Elliott Hilsdon and her EDU Designs team.
This past Sunday (9/12/2014) the New York Times ran "The Way to Beat Poverty" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. As I read, I was reminded of Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon's work with young parents and their children through EduDesigns, and her emphasis on encouragement, communication, and especially physical affection.
Kristof and WuDunn write: "A series of studies have found similar patterns in humans. Scientists can measure cortisol in an infant’s saliva, and babies turn out to be easily stressed. Anything from loud noises to hunger to a soiled diaper floods the child’s brain with cortisol. But when Mom or Dad hugs the child, the stress and cortisol almost disappear...Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, founder of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University...argues that the constant bath of cortisol in a high-stress infancy prepares the child for a high-risk environment. The cortisol affects brain structures so that those individuals are on a fight-or-flight hair trigger throughout life, an adaptation that might have been useful in prehistory. But in today’s world, the result is schoolchildren who are so alert to danger that they cannot concentrate. They are also so suspicious of others that they are prone to pre-emptive aggression." SOURCE:
In an economic environment in which support programs for at-risk mothers are being cut back rather than expanded, Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon steps in with simple, nurturing and profoundly empowering help.
These young people and their babies are our future. Thanks to EduDesigns, that future is a little brighter for all of us.
The article is profound. Good to know I'm on the right track! Thank you, CGBlick. Here's the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-the-way-to-beat-poverty.html
PS - Thank you, CGBlick - for also referencing my blog on the importance of HUGS! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/hugs/
Dear Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to copies some of your books for the past one year. We want you to know that we have appreciated your humanitarian works. Your cooperation has helped us run smoothly and has led to establish new NGO Reward Foundation Ghana. We look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association and wish your organization the success that it deserves. Thanks
Ghana West Africa.
Today's kids are going up in a media driven world designed specifically to command their full attention and stimulate their senses with out providing any fundamental skill sets or tools a child needs. EDU Designs want to help parents, caregivers and teachers how to creatively incorporate character building through simple delivery methods. The behavior charts made me realize how much I acknowledged the "negative" behaviors and had all but forgotten to reward the positive. I am grateful. The rewards have made a huge difference in my kids behavior and now we are spending a lot more "quality" time together !!
My mother would always tell me how important it was to take advantage of your chance to learn when you are young- that when you are older you will be so busy working you may not get the chance you have now. This is one of the things that I love about EDU DESIGNS. They are investing in kids WHILE THERE'S STILL HOPE!
You gave me copies of the behavior charts for my grandchildren when I was your husbands nurse at St Bernardines. I love the charts for the positive reinforcements! I pray you and your hubby are well. Thanks for the great info! With love..Diana Van Leuven Johnson
My grandchildren live with me in an area where the children aren't very friendly. We are Christians and they have a hard time dealing with our sort of people. When my grandchildren were getting bullied I found EDU DESIGNS... The posters were great!!! We started using what was stated and also looked for other ideas on getting ready for School, and after school. We have shared this web-site with our neigbors, friends and school. It has made a tremendous difference in our area, school and neighborhood. I recommend to ALL!!!
Hello there. I started using your behavioural charts about two years ago to motivate and reward my son. He was very excited about being able to assign stars and stickers for every day he did something well.They have worked so well that almost all of those tasks have now become part of his routine.
Hi I am wanting a copy of your book so I can try to implement some techniques for a child with autism that I care for in a classroom setting.
I used your Positive Behavioral Charts and on the first day my daughter was potty trained as a result of the sticker reward benefit. I am so pleased with your charts that I have recommended your site to all my friends!
I just found out about this. I am a single mom homeschooling my two boys who seem to have alittle attention problem, I love how it integrates their thinking with their character.
In classroom teaching AND in the home, developing depth of character is imperative. A child who knows him/herself and what positive things s/he is capable of insures success in all realms.
I have two adopted children one of whom is in a trans racial placement with us. Both children were subjected to prenatal abuse with drugas and alcohol and the ynouger child is currently being monitored at school for additional needs. I have been using some of the resources namely behaviour charts from GO Mommy Go web site which I have found very helprul. Thank you so much
I really love your mission to help children to learn and thrive. Art is am important tool and aspect of development. Currently i am an undergrad of psychology and also a person with ADD or did as a child. I know the difficulties or affects that go with the label of ADD. Your observation and theory about a child trying to make emotional contact and the effects it has upon the child's feelings of security and focus upon academics is perfect. I truly believe that relieves anxiety and creates and atmosphere of love and willingness to learn and focus. I aspire to get my Masters in Art Therapy and this book and your other creations will help children feel safe, love, and fulfilled as their needs are met spiritually, mentally, and creatively.
I am happy to be part of this organization they are very cultural competent
Being a mom to a child with ADHD is tough. However, through this website, I have learned how important is in to engage your child through 1 on 1 parent interaction no matter how hectic life gets!
I am the worst artist, so I always avoid drawing when I teach. However, after your presentation, I learned that art can be simple and the results are amazing. I never knew that stick figures can be drawn to show actions and emotions. I just love your presentation. Thanks for opening up my view and understanding in art.
I was just browsing through for kids material to encourage good bevaviour and this site gave me more than I expected. My kids and the Sunday school kids I teach were delighted to see the pictures I used as an illustration.
Using Edu Designs and Go Mommy Go I was able to create a chart that got my kids interested in getting things done! It also gave me some pretty darn creative "punishment" ideas from their discipline page, ideas that didnt involve spanking (which we only use if they do something dangerous, like dart out in a parking lot!) This is a common stop on the web for me and will get used more often now that the school year is over and both kids are home together, because 2 is always more trouble than 1 LOL
Children need to be valued, nurtured and guided and EduDesigns helps do all of these things. I have made great use of the behavior charts with my 5 children (ages 2 through 9). They have helped me organize our house and teach responsibility in a loving way. Our children's creativity also needs to be fostered by providing a good arts education. This does it! Thank you!
The original donation came with behavior cards for children. These were very clever and everyone i have given them to love them. Then there is the art book and teaching children how to draw. I wanted this for myself! With all the cuts in education, this organization is a wonderful add on to schools. It would be so nice if all the schools and children's organizations had these materials. Good luck to EDU Designs!!
I have read only a few pages and I can already tell you. I love your book. The story, the tips and the lessons. It is a great book. Well done.
You have got a wonderful talent and you are not wasting it.
This is a okay organization. It has help me a bit.
I customized and printed out the good behavior chart in hopes my fiance and I will help our 7 year old daughter learn consistency, and responsibility. It has been 3 months so far now, and she has been achieving 85% of her points VS when we started she was only reaching about 50% of her points. This system works very well especially when you give choices in the rewards they get when they reach certain points, and become consistent.
I love your chore charts! They really helped us. I am looking forward to turning of the tv more and getting creative with your new book!
I was fortunate enough to meet Ruth online and quickly we both became fans of each other's work and endeavors. I immediately watched the videos of the presentations given through Edu Designs and tried them with my kids. They LOVED the approach to learning to draw and I can only hope that Edu Designs can soon come to their school. The printouts from Go Mommy Go have been excellent motivation tools for my kids. We have used the charts and stickers as a reward system in our home, and not only do my kids love it, it allows me as a parent to redirect my attention into rewarding positive behaviors instead of finding a way to reprimand them for bad ones. A BIG thank you to Edu Designs and Go Mommy Go for helping parents and children in way that will enrich their lives and futures.
My 8 year old son, Brenden, has ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Sensory Integration, and Major Depression. Last year we had to place him in a long term care psychiatric facility in Bismarck, Pride Manchester House, for behavior modification. The average stay at this specialized facility for children is 6 months. Brenden was able to achieve all his goals within 4-1/2 months and return home to us. Upon his return, I was faced with creating behavior charts to utilize in the transition home. I decided to do a google search and see what was out there before I reinvented the wheel so to speak. That's when I found your GoMommyGo website. I used your behavior chart as the basis for mine with a few modifications and I used many of your illustrations for other charts and tools that we utilized to keep Brenden on track. I was so very thankful to find a website that had these tools and not having to create them on my own even though I do a lot of this type of work in my position at work... saved me lots of time and made me realize that there are people and places out there who are understanding of the needs of children such as Brenden. Thank you so much for making these tools available to parents like myself! Sincerely, Kelley Shawn
I was having a bad time with my 4 years old daughter, then I found this amazing help for me, like a chart awards. I used it and the result was fantastic since the first day I explained to her how it chart working. she tries every day to reach more points. thanks for all your help to desperated moms like me.
Since using the charts we have less melt downs and the kids love the fact that they can see what theyneed to be doing and they get stars for work completed of for following the rules and having good behavior
Ruth Elliott is a dynamic passionate giver of herself and she does this through inspiring little and big people to tap into their creativity. In times when education is confined to testing scenarios, bringing art into the classroom is what many students (and teachers) crave. Our students were captivated by her enthusiasm and willingness to share her experience with drawing. All age groups will benefit. Contact her to come share at your school. You can't beat a FREE assembly.
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