Thursday, July 29, 2010

How the World Looks to Kids With Learning Disabilities

The world seen through the eyes of children with learning disabilities can look very different than it does for others without learning struggles.

Of course we'll never know exactly what it's like but we can try to understand through simulations and exercises. Probably the most famous of these is, “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities,” by Richard Lavoie.

The video has adults do exercises that simulate being "learning disabled." Just like children with learning difficulties, the people in the exercise are smart and can read and understand what's going on but they are put in situations that mimic what a child goes through in school. It's truly amazing and heartwarming to watch, while humorous at times.

To get a taste of what it's like, here's a learning disability simulation that accomplishes the same thing. It only takes a second and can be done at your computer. Print out the image and show it to a teacher. It may help them see the light.