Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects the way the brain interprets letters. Contrary to popular belief, many people with dyslexia do not see letters backwards. Instead, letters might jump around the page or appear completely jumbled. With intervention, preparation, practice, focus, and time, many of the disabling aspects of dyslexia can be overcome.
During the last month, we have been thinking a great deal about the importance of teaching our students to give to others by getting involved in service projects. While we have done this with the canned food drive and planting at a farm, it is also important to participate in giving activities as a family. This process helps to encourage teens to be good “givers” rather than just “receivers.”
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. Frankl
November is recognized as Gratitude Month, a month that is dedicated to giving thanks. Over the last few years, I have learned to value the virtue of gratitude and have encouraged many to develop the daily habit of listing five things for which they are grateful. I recognize that maintaining a positive attitude is easier for some than others, primarily because of one’s genes. Some people might be like Therese J. Borchard who, in the beginning, had to force gratitude into her life by writing only about very simple things for which she was thankful (e.g., cream cheese and bagel). After the birth of her second child, she suffered from severe depression and found it very difficult to identify things for which she was grateful. To read more about her journey, she has written the book, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes.
A child with a processing disorder often can learn the same things as their grade-level peers. However, the time it takes to dissect, digest, and apply the information fully may be substantially longer than other students. According to the educators at Currey Ingram, many students with learning differences can benefit from the individualized attention available at the Brentwood boarding school, just outside of Nashville.