Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 437

Yesterday I let you in on the fact that our Darbs has a learning difficulty.

Now that we have adjusted to the whole "Darby has dyslexia" thing we've decided to move the D word from our vocabulary.  Teachers are now aware of the issue, we are up for the challenge, and Darby understands that his eyes aren't quite as fit as the rest of his body.  We're all aware that he needs to now exercise his eyes and undertake some extra home learning activities.  We'll make it work.  But the D word is now gone. Why? Because I've come to believe that these words label and disable.

Did you know that kids with learning challenges are four times more likely to be self-made millionaires than he rest of the population? Not sure who came up with that statistic but it's one that is often used when discussing left and right brain functionality.  I'm gonna embrace that! He and his millions can keep me in luxury when I'm old.  Apparently if left brain thinking is difficult/different, the child over compensates looking for innovative answers by switching the right brain, making for a very creative and adaptable individual. They think outside the box.  And we all know what riches lie outside that darn box ...

So while Darby's got a bit of a challenge right now because he lives in a book based environment, I think we'll focus on his strengths and abilities, while quietly and methodically going about his new learning regime.  Hopefully that'll do the trick.  I reckon he's gonna be just fantastic to be honest.

In the meantime I'll try not to worry too much and embrace the challenge instead ....

Try ...

8 comments :

  1. Go Darby Go! We faced a "D" diagnosis this year (jury is still out) but, really, what difference does it make if it has a label. What a great attitude you have... You can't help but wonder if the stats are there because these kids DON'T focus on the books, they tend to do more with their creativity. He will go far. x

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  2. I know that one of my little boys has learning difficulties not labelled speciifically yet.
    I love your positive attitude .
    May Darby go from strength to strength in everything.Go Darby !

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  3. As Bella says, what a brilliant attitude you have. And, as you say- embrace the challenge. It's the only way to go.

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  4. I'm more than happy to accept some of Darby's millions when he makes them. :)

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  5. So so true Leanne! Love your outlook on this (as do i love your positive outlook on life :) ) . I had a student I worked with one on one who had learning difficulties and who was very behind in his schooling. His teachers were frustrated as he didn't do his work, even when it ws modified work, he distracted others and he had major anger issues. They thought that maybe he didn't have 'much going on'. I worked with him, without distractions and I discovered one of the most intelligent little individuals! That intelligence didn't lie in books and reading and writing. It didn't necessarily lie in book maths either. It lay in life experience and the ability to 'work things out' and to 'fix things' . He worked often on his families farm. Getting up at 3-4am to do the crops before coming to school. This boy went home and mowed the lawn, until the lawn mower broke and so he took it apart and fixed it. No manual, no help, just worked it out and fixed it. He would weld things when needed, he knew how to run that farm with his eyes closed. If you wanted to know about how to grow something, tend vegetables, work the land he was the man to go to. This information is something he had never had the opportunity to share with his teacher. What an enormous shame that was though, as just knowing this would make the teacher see, and hearing him say it with enthusiasm and conviction would completely change their outlook on him. And we all know that the way you see someone does influence the way you talk to and treat them.

    That boy just graduated primary school. I know he will struggle at high school, but I also know he has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, even if it wont involved reading novels!

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  6. Wow Jen! That is such a beautiful story and what a reward for you to have the pleasure to have worked with him and discover his strengths. I got goose bumps reading that ....

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  7. I have been pretty lucky the last few years working in small groups with children. It has given me an insight into kids and teaching which is harder to see when teaching a full class. All teachers should be given more time to work one on one with their students and really get to 'know' them.

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  8. You're right Jen. You are absolutely right.

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