Monday, February 26, 2007

What Is It Like to have a Learning Disability?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have a learning disability? Maybe you've seen Rick Lavoie's "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T.City Video." You've watched others struggle with the activities in the video but never experienced the struggle yourself.

A few years ago, PBS televised a special entitled, "Misunderstood Minds" based upon the work of Mel Levine. They created a complementary website which included activities which simulated attention, reading, writing and math disabilities. This is an excellent website for educators and parents to explore. Click on the links on the left side and then the interactive links that will help you experience firsthand the learning struggles that some of our students face every day.

This site will open your eyes to understanding the differences in learning. Understanding can lead to empathy, compassion and sensitivity to the needs of our students. And you may reevaluate your instructional methods.

Our kids deserve that.

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