Reprinted with permission from the Latham Letter
"You Don't Act Like a Jerk When You Have Business Cards"
Lynn Loar, Ph.D., LCSW with
Geoffrey Pott, Sebastian Pott and Noah Carlton
Full version available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/33977977/LLSmr2010LLoar
“You don’t act like a jerk when you have business cards” explained eight-year-old
Geoffrey Pott when I asked about his newfound maturity and impulse control. The business cards were one in a series of reinforcers he – and by now members of his staff – had received for stellar behavior in my ice skating class at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto, California.
The Family Ice Skating Program, featured in the short documentary TAGs on Ice,** offers ice skating instruction for children with special needs and their families. It’s one of the few programs that entire families can enjoy regardless of the disparate abilities of their several children. A peek at the class through the Winter Lodge’s picture window yields the impression of a laboratory testing prototypes for the next generation of Energizer Bunnies, lots of little boys zooming around with no interest in learning to stop – and a few zooming dads, too!