Notes from Janice’s Desk
Kids with learning disabilities are too often thought to have a low IQ. Not so. While dyslexia might slow down a child’s ability to read, that same child might be a whiz with computer games. This I’ve personally observed. My grandson is dyslexic and before he could read a word he was able to figure out how to play games on the computer. Being curious, I ask how he did it. His answer was, “I just clicked on stuff.”
WOW!! Now is that the perfect example for the scientific method or what! His problem was learning how to play computer games. While he didn’t identify it, his hypothesis was that if he clicked around he’d discover how to play any computer game. Next he experimented by clicking around in an effort to learn to play games. His repertoire of computer games increased at a fast rate. Analyzing this data, his conclusion as well as mine was that he not only could figure out how to play games by clicking around, but that he was faster than most who could read the directions.
While his computer skills increased at a remarkably fast rate his reading skills progression was laboriously slow. It was just those dreaded letters. Not only was he to learn the letters but he had to write them. He was forced to start at the upper right corner of a page, which was totally backwards for him.
You can experience a little of the frustration that anyone with a learning disability has by using a mirror to write your name. For instruction, see MIRROR IMAGE.
More Later, Janice