Children with learning disabilities are just as intelligent as other kids, but their brains process and receive information in a different manner. How then, should we approach education?
“I know it doesn’t always seem like it, but I really do want to listen and learn.”
“I have to move, or I really can’t pay attention.”
“If you tell me, ‘Sit up straight,’ now I have to use all of my brain to do just that.”
There are so many things that kids with special needs want their teachers to know about them. They may not learn and behave in the same ways that other children do, but they are still capable of learning and often want to learn and be part of the group. However, they don’t always have the right words to say to explain themselves properly so that they can get their needs met.
In this touching video, children with learning disabilities offer honest advice to their teachers on how to support and enhance their distinctive learning abilities. It seems that all they need from a teacher is a little extra time and a little extra patience. And recess — every kid needs to get out and play.
Istead of focusing on children’s deficits, it’s important to focus on their talents and on the things they need to be successful in the classroom. Giving a child an exercise ball to sit on or letting them walk around while you talk may seem unorthodox, but it could make the difference between a child who feels respected and understood (and who listens) versus a child who is so focused on trying to sit still that they can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
Check out the video below to learn some of the things special needs children want their teachers to know about them and how educators can help children be their best selves while they’re at school.