Sunday, April 1, 2012
The PBS Misunderstood Minds website offers a number of experiential activities along with a wealth of other useful information and resources. Try a few of the links below to walk in their shoes for a moment:
1. Visual Activity: Reading with Distractions "simulates what a child with an attention problem might experience during a classroom reading assignment"
2. Auditory Activity: Listening to Directions "attempts to illustrate what it might be like for a first-grader with an attention disorder to try to concentrate on a set of oral instructions amidst a cacophony of classroom distractions"
3. Decoding Activity: Recognizing Phonemes simulates dyslexia by having you try to sound out words without automatic decoding abilities
4. Memory Activity: Recall and Understanding "simulates the effect that memory and attention problems can have on reading comprehension"
5. Graphomotor Activity: Tracing Letters "is designed to simulate what a child with a graphomotor writing disability might experience every day"
6. Composition Activity: Putting Ideas in Sequence "is designed to simulate what a child with a writing disability might experience during a classroom writing assignment"
7. Arithmetic Activity: Using Basic Facts simulates dyscalculia by having you solve math problems without efficient recall of basic math facts
8. Spatial Activity: Making 3-D Inferences simulates dyscalculia by impairing your ability to visualize "three-dimensional objects presented on the flat surface of a piece of paper or computer screen"
9. Sequence Activity: Multistep Problems "is designed to evoke in you the intimidation and frustration a young student with a math disability might feel working out a problem that requires the integration of mathematics skills"
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