We live in a complex and dynamic world where everyday we must solve problems, make decisions and face challenges. Dynamic Intelligence is the term we use to describe the mental functioning that enable humans to successfully navigate this world and our relationships.
We increasingly find that in the course of our daily lives we are confronted with messy situations full of competing demands, unclear, overwhelming information and sudden, unpredictable change. We find ourselves facing decisions, tasks and problems that are highly complex, unpredictable and frequently stress-producing. In short, we are learning that we must be ready to conduct our daily lives in Complex Dynamic Environments.
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- Understanding that plans may require revision.
- Motivated to obtain more understanding of their world.
- Strive to develop meaning in life from failure to success.
- Can rapidly evaluate a situation and choose a response or path.
- Does not understand the need for revision, only believes in one path.
- Difficulty understanding and learning from experience
- Inability to consider options when outcome is uncertain.
- Only focus on the known, will not leave the comfort zone.
Human beings are driven to engage in uncertain, challenging situations. Scientists believe that our strong drive to move towards, rather than away from, challenge and uncertainty provides the main arena for our uniquely integrated dynamic mental and neural development. To benefit from this innate drive, children must be provided with, and learn to take advantage of, opportunities to explore and experiment with the unknown and unfamiliar, without having to worry about meeting real-world performance demands or suffering the consequences of ‘failed experiments’. Year-by-year engagement with increasingly complex, ‘productively uncertain’ environments – initially accompanied by adult guidance – serves as the laboratory for lifelong development of the knowledge and supporting values, habits and skill we collectively label as Dynamic Intelligence.
THE DISRUPTION OF THE PARENT CHILD GUIDING RELATIONSHIP CAUSES CHILDREN WITH ASD TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE LIVING WITH THE FAMILIAR; SO MUCH SO THAT THEY WILL PULL BACK FROM ANY CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IS ‘UNCERTAIN’ OR ‘SCARY’. BY RE-ESTABLISHING THE GUIDING RELATIONSHIP WE CAN RE-TEACH OUR CHILDREN HOW LIVE IN THIS DYNAMIC, EVER-CHANGING WORLD.