Is school igniting a love of learning in your child or turning them off to it? Is school helping your child discover his or her unique learning style and how to maximize performance, or diminishing your child’s sense of value and self?
In the book, Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences, author Thomas Armstrong points out that children with learning challenges also possess extraordinary gifts. Individuals with ADD also have a great capacity for teamwork because they are able to see a bigger picture and both sides of the picture. Individuals with ADHD have what is called “a novelty gene” and their system is always looking for a new, and novel solution. In the global community, this can be a great asset. Individuals with dyslexia often have the capacity to see three-dimensionally, while individuals with autism seem to have a propensity for systems and circuits, making them great candidates for working in the computer industry.
Instead of focusing only on what our children can’t do, I feel it is important to show them what they CAN do that typical linear thinkers can’t do. This is empowering rather diminishing them. When children understand how their minds work, both strengths and weaknesses—with no judgment—they can move from feeling broken to being proud of who they are and what they can share with the world.
The ICWIB activities can help children gain a deeper understanding of how their unique minds work and also help them maximize their performance. In the process they can move from feeling powerless to feeling empowered.
I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.
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