Our most popular offering is the activity-based experiential workshop that simulates learning disabilities in participants. Since students with learning disabilities are in every classroom, teachers get an in-depth understanding of the actual trouble experienced by such struggling students during the process of learning. This non-diagnostic, non-technical lab recreates classroom activities and situations, wherein participants feel like they have disabilities including:
- Auditory processing
- Visual impairment
- Visual perception and memory
- Visual-motor integration
- Fine motor issues
- Reading difficulties
These activities create conditions that mimic classroom situations and participants can gain a deeper understanding of the disabilities and what children go through all day long in school.Teachers will also learn strategies to help such students overcome their difficulties in the classroom.
Why is this important?
Many children with such disorders are unidentified, and so they continue to struggle in the classroom without the appropriate kind of help. They fall behind academically and catching up becomes difficult, if not impossible. When teachers and administrators go through these activities, they can actually understand what the day-to-day struggle is like for these students with learning disorders and that understanding is key to altering teaching methods to include these children. Students with invisible disabilities often themselves do not understanding why they are underperforming even when they put in the effort.
Do general education teachers need to know this?
Absolutely. It is even more crucial that general education teachers become familiar with learning disorders and learn how to screen for them, since often, they are the first educators to interact with these students.