Friday, May 30, 2014

Helping Children Overcome Disabilities

A parenting blog in the NY Times here suggests that talking to children with disabilities, and encouraging them to practice, might help them overcome their problems.

 I like how Ms. Wheeler emphasizes that when you have trouble with a skill, you just need to practice more.  When I was teaching, many students would say to me that they were dyslexic, and so couldn't read.  I managed to show many of them that being dyslexic meant they needed to read more, and we worked very hard to find books they could enjoy.  Once they started to enjoy reading, their skills rapidly improved. 

It's important to keep in mind that some skills, like reading, are so necessary that a way has to be found to help students enjoy it so they'll practice.  Social skills fall into this area as well.  The ability to play sports?  Not so critical, as long as kids are helped to enjoy moving around.

1 comment:

  1. Kids need special treatment, because they are in mastering process. If this time period spend in the great learning then the just about all life the y encounter easiness in further understanding and make good the main society. Your article is the greatest source for the mother and father to
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