沒有期待的童年

早前在youtube看過一段片,外國有個小女孩(大概四、五歲)第一次搭火車,她在月台上望到列車從遠處駛來,手舞足蹈,非常雀躍,感覺好像大人見到外星人降臨或教徒見到耶穌顯靈般興奮。今時今日,這樣的孩子還有多少呢?

犬兒三歲,我們一家三口首次去北海道旅行,之後年年如是,不是日本便是台灣,上天下海樣樣齊,現在,犬兒早已視出外旅行如郊外遠足般尋常,不再為搭飛機而滿心期待。反觀佢老豆即係我,廿幾歲仔先第一次去日本,那種未出發先興奮的心情,相信犬兒難有體會。

媽媽為了省時間,多坐的士或叫UBER,令阿仔習慣了舒適。有時媽媽不在,他和孤寒老豆即係我一齊等巴士,等到不耐煩,便會叫我改坐的士,每次我都會說:「的士好貴,我無錢,不如你畀錢。」然後,就沒有然後了,大家一齊繼續等巴士。

我有不少朋友都會買迪士尼年卡,一有空就和孩子去玩,一年去十次八次是等閒事,但我們小時候去海洋公園係一件大事,可能兩三年才去一次,或慶生,或功課一百分,我們都滿心期待。但現在的小朋友還會期待嗎?

再講聖誕禮物,曾幾何時也是令人望穿秋水的。因為家貧,父母好少買玩具給我,通常聖誕才買,然後說是聖誕老人送的,於是我由年頭期待到年尾,就係等這一份禮物。現在大家都富貴了,好多細路仔的玩具都多到瀉,新買的玩具很快就玩厭,那會再稀罕聖誕老人的禮物?

對症下藥,克制孩子的物欲乃良策,但家境既已改善,此舉變相刻薄自己,難矣哉。不搭的士搭巴士尚屬小事,但不去旅行勢係假。明明有餘錢可以食好西,但為了令孩子清心寡欲而餐餐滾水烚雞肉,還有何人生樂趣可言?

退而求其次,唯有多點鍛練孩子的體格,為他的生活添上哪怕只是一點點的苦頭。犬兒不足三歲就給我捉去行山,練腳骨力;踩單車,常炒車,我也不替他增添護膝頭盔,以培養他的危機意識;冬天永遠著少一件衫,訓練他的禦寒能力。當然,辛勞過後,我會獎他一杯雪糕,先苦後甜,讓他學懂期待、珍惜期待、享受期待!

沒有期待的童年,還算是童年嗎?

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關於12月3日On99行去落馬洲一事,我想講……

今次已經係小弟第三次搞同類活動,第一次在上年年尾,由尖沙咀行去羅湖,成功。第二次在今年年頭,由火炭兜大圈經大尾督、鹿頸去落馬洲,可惜中途生水泡,劇痛難忍而取消。今次之所以再由尖沙咀出發,並把終點定在落馬洲,一來要彌補上次半途而廢的遺憾,二來,亦要令第一次行程變得更完整,何解?因為東鐵線由尖東出發,終點分別是羅湖及落馬洲。第一次我和朋友只係行到去羅湖,今次劍指落馬洲,才叫完整KO整條東鐵線,對不對?

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行程已定,就要約朋友,夾時間。我們這些七、八十後老鬼,約朋友難過登天,平時想出來食餐飯聚下舊,可以由年頭約到年尾,他們一味說忙忙忙,忙就不用食飯嗎?於是有人退而求其次,不吃飯,出來飲杯酒都好,較易約得成。

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我呢,就反其道而行,想一個big project出來,要新奇刺激好玩的,目的係引蛇出洞,令老友不惜掉低手頭上的工作,還有屋企的老婆仔女,由朝到晚玩大佢!

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甚麼project好呢?幾年前見北區group有網友挑戰由上水行路出尖咀,我覺得幾過癮,心想:如果係我會選擇逆走,行完可以第一時間返屋企沖涼睡覺。心動不如行動,於是係facebook約朋友,如果無人響應就算數,不料有三個傻佬響應,騎虎難下,唯有頂硬上。所謂名不正則言不順,行動要有代號,個朵夠響先壯到膽,就叫「青山走犯」啦!說過了,前後走了兩次犯,一次成功,一次失敗,但在朋友圈中都叫打響左名堂,好多老友都如果再搞記得預他們一份。

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終於入正題。今次第三次走犯,由約人到探路,用了個月時間準備,原本最後一程打算經蛇嶺去落馬洲,但試行後,發覺落山難度太高,我有行山底都覺得難搞,斜都算啦,頂佢個肺,還要「爆林」(隱約有條路,但給草叢完全遮蓋,跟「爆林」差不多),考慮到走犯當日我們已經行到只剩半條人命,無謂冒險,決定不行蛇嶺,改行山腳的平路,但求平平安安到終點。

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好了,萬事俱備,走犯當日天晴乾燥,適宜遠……足。我們一行五人按計劃七點準時由尖沙咀出發,另有一人在大圍加入,而我們的家眷(老婆仔女)則在羅湖會合,一齊行最後一段凱旋之路。大隊最初高速快放,一個鐘就去到馬騮山腳,再以同樣速度上山。

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就在這個時候,弊啦,腳趾有少少異樣,莫非出水泡?回想上次走犯就係衰係水泡上,不禁心中一寒:「主呀,救我!如果今次再因為水泡而半途而廢,你要我之後仲點樣出來行?」

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好彩我之前做足準備,預先用膠布包實十隻腳趾,除鞋一看,原來異樣的感覺源於其中兩塊膠布鬆開了,遂以新膠布重新包紮,由那時起到最後,腳趾再無問題,惡夢似乎過去了。

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不過,我的惡夢過去,隊友的惡夢卻剛剛開始,由吐露港起,陸續有隊友受水泡之苦,寸步難行,大隊速度開始下降,進度嚴重落後,結果比預計時間慢了個半鐘才到達羅湖。

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此時,已有兩位隊友難忍劇痛而退出,我感同身受,因為我上次都試過,不想放棄,但真係好痛好痛,那種痛,無出過水泡的人係好難明白。我跟隊友講,肌肉麻痺、酸痛,甚至抽筋都係小事,只要無水泡,你要我行上深圳再拆返香港都得,但一出水泡就無得傾。

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如前述,我們安排了家眷在羅湖加入,但因為大隊遲大到,原本三點鐘變到五點,如果按計劃行事,預計七點行畢全程會變九點,大人無所謂,大不了射波,但細路仔要返學,九點行完都還未食晚飯,返到屋企幾點?而且,老婆已經黑面,點算好呢?

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唯有出plan B,即家眷陪我們去到得月樓警崗便折返古洞茶樓開位等,我們照去落馬洲,再坐的士返古洞開飯。此時大隊剩下四人,因為入黑,其中兩人護送家眷去古洞,我和體力最好的一個快馬加鞭鳩衝去落馬洲完成最後一站。

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之前探路,我用均速由得月樓行去落馬洲,大概個半鐘,家眷同行,預計兩個鐘,現在只有我們二人,無牽無掛,於是用盡最後一口氣,連行帶跑衝呀衝。

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不知是否迴光反照,愈衝愈有,一路衝一路看錶,比預期快,有機會一個鐘內到達,於是加速加速再加速,在月色下,漁塘旁,狗吠之聲相聞,兩個傻佬馬不停蹄向邊境進發,可惜最後都要超時十分鐘,但都遠比預計的個半鐘為快。就在閘口外,阿sir離遠見我們如狼似虎衝過來,以為我們真係青山走犯,馬上走出來攔路,問我們所為何事,當他知道原因後,就笑一笑返回警崗內玩電話。

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我們好不容易完成了壯舉,當然要影相打卡呃下like,無獎品都起碼心靈滿足。自high完後,便坐的士返古洞食飯。最好笑係,我們早過家眷到古洞,原來他們無坐小巴(我原本叫佢地去懲教所搭51K係茶樓落車),而係選擇行路,慢吞吞,結果比我們還要遲。無所謂了,總之有飯食就得,我們再不吃飯,真係可以開追悼會了。

玩完這一次,仲有無下次?緊係有啦,路線都定好,由屯門碼頭行去打鼓嶺,嘩,真係未出發先興奮!由於屯門、元朗、洪水橋一帶我不熟路,要慢慢探路,我估第四次走犯應該係下年年尾了。

各位老友,到時記得出席呀!

專注力不足與認知訓練系列之二

由於PowerBrainRX「免費」認知能力測試,(留意6歲以上先係),咁梗係又約嚟玩咗。

同類嘅TEST可以喺Cognifit搵到。

報告都講得好details,起碼同我預計嘅近似,佢係聰明轉數好快小朋友,聽覺記憶力更高(都解釋到點解14個月大就可以哼歌仔),但專注力就…


呢幅圖由powerbrain啲小冊子度嚟,專心係學習嘅第一步,好難唔同意。
直到目前呢點,我基本上都係覺得唔買都睇吓,份報告係話到一啲你小朋友嘅能力畀你聽嘅。同埋consultant亦都幾溫柔解釋得幾詳細。當然,佢哋始絡係商業公司,訓練內容要保密,佢都畀咗一個例子我嘅,有啲似你係Lumosity搵到嘅免費遊戲。咁,訂價當然係唔會平,但我問咗好多意見都話每堂幾百至數千元係呢類私營治療嘅門檻。

好,然後,如果真係有留意薯淘同雞嘅朋友,應該知我份人成日寫攻略。我用還原水「醫好咗」我嘅原發性血小板增生,數據正常當好啦吓,實情係少飲水就會上返,反正要keep住check。

於是就去睇一大堆嘢,好很攰,but seems promising!呢個list應該會繼續expand落去~

了解4項專注力
大致係呢啲:
Types of Attention
Sustained attention is the ability to focus on one specific task for a continuous amount of time without being distracted.

Selective attention is the ability to select from many factors or stimuli and to focus on only the one that you want while filtering out other distractions.

Alternating attention is the ability to switch your focus back and forth between tasks that require different cognitive demands.

Divided attention is the ability to process two or more responses or react to two or more different demands simultaneously. Divided attention is often referred to as multi-tasking.

關於 brain / cognitive training 嘅研究時間好短,甚至比還元水仲短。PowerbrainRX套方法係由美國LearningRX為亞洲人,尤其香港學童修改而嚟(因為要寫中文字,難過英文字母好多咁話,背後理據如何,邊個改,點樣改唔知,反正你又搵唔到原本嚟對比架喇。)


我諗呢個viedo大概可以簡介吓brain training係做乜。大概就係好似鍛鍊二頭肌等你肌肉發逹後可以舉重少少嘢一樣,鍛練你個腦相應腦區。香港呢邊consultant話衝動行為,執行能力不足係前額葉嘅觸突呀連結呀發展得唔夠,佢話透過1對1鍛練就可以增加返呢啲觸突同連結。(嗱,你唔需要去做MRI住,反正唔好期望佢哋講嘅嘢係金科玉律,幾權威嘅人都會錯,我唔係SELL你嘢,冇責任幫你check埋真假。)

咁,如果想睇多啲,可以由喼神入手…啩。LearningRX創辦人。
Dr KEN GIBSON


係,上去做TEST,consultant都好樂意免費送呢本書仔,入面有獨立研究報告指出上完LearningRX各方面能力提升3幾年咁話。

另外佢研究所Gibson Institute都有幾十年呢啲research內容summary
例如最新呢篇Jedlicka, E. (2017). LearningRx cognitive training for children and adolescents ages 5-18: Effects on academic skills, behavior, and cognition. Frontiers in Education, 2(62). doi: 10.3389/feduc.2017.00062
重點:梗係話有效,留意湖池係私立,又唔係話排最top果啲學府。

更多關於間公司嘅:
2013年3月31日
LearningRX Insider Secrets: How to Negotiate a Better Price from LearningRX
重點:
According to one LearningRX insider (who’s contributing under the name Former LRX), despite the company’s claims that its programs benefit nearly every student, the LearningRX program “helps some a lot, some a little, and some not at all…”
“LRX gets good results for those students who work hard and stay focused on training, who have fun through the process,” writes Former LRX.
“Signing up is the right answer as long as you do so with your eyes wide open. That’s why I am here, because I don’t think most parents have their eyes wide open.”
雞髀仔去TEST果日就好開心,佢其實只要有奬pocketmon嘢就好開心,成日問我幾時再去上。

員工點睇
重點:似乎員工幾like公司,不單單為錢。

其他關於認知訓練:

Neuroplasticity 神經可塑性(未睇呀)

2013年02月01日
港大參與研究發現「專注力不足/過度活躍症」的非藥物治療療效存疑
http://www.hku.hk/press/c_news_detail_9186.html
重點:冇詳細講係邊種認知訓練嘅內容。

2014年10月20日
A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community
針對美國o既brain training industry,實有業者吹到天花龍鳯,所以有堆科學家出嚟插話呢啲嘢冇用架。

2014年12月17日
127 Scientists Challenge the purported brain training consensus released by Stanford Center for Longevity
但好難得嘅係,同年年尾有另外一堆科學家,更確切係neuroscientists神經學科嘅專家出嚟反駁。

The OPEN LETTER
重點:佢哋覺得有得拗,有啲人有得著,唔應該因為業界誇張失實完全否定brain training

Media Guide on LearningRx Settlement with the Federal Trade Commission
重點:FTC曾經告過一堆BRAIN TRAINING SERVICE PROVIDER,而LearningRX搵返位去反駁,講成件事點settle,照計間嘢目前仍然未執笠,即係有理由相係可能work嘅。

D. Expert Validation of LearningRx’s Substantiation
LearningRx’s substantiation has been reviewed by Dr. Howard Wainer, Distinguished Research Scientist with the National Board of Medical Examiners, retired Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, former Principal Research Scientist with the Educational Testing Service, and author of numerous articles and books on statistics. See Dr. Wainer’s analysis and findings, along with his curriculum vitae. He concludes that:

(1) Research other than RCTs, including powerful observational studies, can and commonly do provide “evidence to estimate causal effect”;

(2) LearningRx’s observational and randomized controlled studies “all support the credibility of the claims made that those trained using the LearningRx approach markedly increased scores on IQ tests and, more particularly, on sub-scores of those tests”;

(3) Randomization was not feasible for the small subgroups, such as TBI, autism, and dyslexia, but “with effects as consistently large as was being observed, the decision to go forward, as was done, was both ethically and scientifically preferable. Within the constraints that exist, therefore, there is convincing evidence supporting the claims of efficacy made.”
In sum, LearningRx’s efficacy claims are well-supported by the pre-post data from the many thousands of students who have completed the program, RCTs, the expert opinion of an eminent statistician, and the scientific literature with regard to the claims of correlation between cognitive ability and academic, financial, and athletic achievement.

佢哋自己做嘅更多independent support (冇人知係咪真係independent)

但brain training只有幾十年,其實佢哋啲研究結果已經比還元水吸引少少,雞髀6歲,等debate到佢7、8十歲?大量testimonial話work,但即使2015年亦繼續有研究話冇乜明顯效果,但依然改善咗working memory:
Cognitive Training for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Neuropsychological Outcomes From Randomized Controlled Trials

另,繼續搵落去,更多腦部訓練電腦遊戲推介:

其中呢個耶魯大學研發嘅ACTIVATE™
好似幾吸引,仲繼續研究緊有冇效:
Cognitive computer training in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) versus no intervention: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

咁,其實已經同意雞髀去PowerBrainRX上堂,再睇吓點。問咗會唔會有咩可以喺屋企畀佢做,consultant話唔使,但我笨唔係浪得虛名嘅。
6 Brain Training Exercises for Children and Teens
重點:教家長喺屋企幫吓佢哋,睇落都幾合理。
3. The Concentration Game. Activities to improve memory and concentration are important for all of us! For younger children, you can take a few of their toys and line them up. Then cover them and take one away. See if they can tell you which one is missing. You can also have them try to remember short lists of familiar objects in the home. Try remembering them forward and backward. For older children and teens, try putting random objects in front of them for 15 seconds, then remove the objects and see how many they can remember. Start out with five and keep increasing the number as they master the task. You can also help auditory memory by giving them a random list of numbers or words orally and having them repeat them. Start with only 2 or 3 and work up from there.
對雞髀咁差嘅visual short-term memory好似幾有用,可以試吓。