A life lesson I wish more people would experience. As a manager, I am taught that I need to manage people based on how the employee learns best. Are they read/write, visual, etc… and I need to adjust my teaching to make them more successful.
Yet, in school we don’t adapt to how the children learn, we require they learn in the way that we teach. Teachers are overworked and are amazing, but the districts are way behind in ensuring our special kids are successful. Case in point below.
We wanted Wyatt, who has high functioning Autism, to be able to ride a razor and be able to play with the other kids. We bought him the beginner style one and when Wyatt tried it he was very unstable and instantly disliked it. About a year later my husband bought Wyatt a different style razor hoping Wyatt would like it. Wyatt tried it and did ok but went really slow and stopped trying because it was a lot of work for him.
About two years later (1 month ago) my husband bought him a new style laser. He realized that he has balance issues, so he bought him one with two wheels in the front and he also had a hard time steering while balancing so he got him one that turns like a bike. Guess what? I watch Wyatt all weekend long zipping around and actually racing his brother and winning. Most importantly he had the biggest smile on his face and the laughter we heard was priceless.
What is my point? We could have given up when Wyatt didn’t like the typical razor and Wyatt would have missed out on all the fun it brings and we would miss out on the smiles and laughter. But through my husbands persistence and realizing the need to get him a razor that doesn’t necessarily work for all kids but works for him, we know have a little boy laughing and smiling and playing with other kids.
Kids, that are special needs are not, don’t all learn the same way.
Most of the core testing our children take haven’t been adjusted or changed in years. One test is the teacher tells the student the instructions once. They are not allowed to repeat the instructions nor answer any questions the student might have. This is setting up any child with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Read/Write or Visual learner , etc. to FAIL. When a child fails, they don’t like school, lose motivation, etc…
When Wyatt first started elementary school, the teacher handed me a packet where she graded Wyatt on where he was academically. She said, “please don’t open and read this, I don’t want to make you sad. They don’t adjust this for kids with special needs, so he will show he is failing in all aspects.” THIS BLEW MY MIND.
We need to change HOW we teach our children. Please understand this has nothing to do with teachers. It has to do with the need to make the school a positive learning experience for kids. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole has never worked.
Thank you for reading and if you agree, please share so our voices can be heard.
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