Learning Disabilities Resources

In this unit, we teach students that learning can be a challenge when someone’s brain has difficulty with one or more of these tasks: taking in, sorting, storing or sharing information.

The themes we focus on in this unit are:

  • It is important for all of us to identify our strengths and challenges.
  • A strength for one person may be a challenge for another person.
  • People develop strategies to accommodate for areas of challenge by using areas of strength.
  • All people have differing combinations of strengths and challenges. Individuals with learning disabilities have at least one area of significant challenge.
  • Learning disabilities do not mean people are less intelligent – they just learn some things differently.

Suggested reading

Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This book is also available as a free e-book through the Minuteman Library Network, at this link: https://find.minlib.net/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3220620 Reserve by placing a hold on the book, and you will be notified when the e-book is available to download. We also suggest checking with your school’s librarian for other free ways to access this book. Or we suggest reviewing our extensive guide to finding suggested reading titles online, for free or at very low cost, here https://understandingourdifferences.org/findbooks

In this book, sixth grader Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help but her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally’s confidence grows and she feels free to be herself. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Click below and scroll down on the page to listen to the author read her book and answer questions on video:

FISH IN A TREE

Questions to consider
What are Ally’s strengths and challenges? What are yours?
What strategies does Ally use to help with her schoolwork?
How does Ally learn differently?
Do you agree that everyone is smart in different ways? Why?

For Frequently Asked Questions with author Lynda Mullaly Hunt go to:

https://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/for-readers/faq-about-fish-in-a-tree/

Offline Activity

Are you ready to do something without using a screen? Try this fun activity where you can celebrate differences by making your own unique fish in tree!

  1. Download a fish picture below (or two or three) and print it. 
  2. Make it your own unique fish by coloring it, adding other elements by glueing them on, and any other ideas you might have. Be creative!
  3. Make a tree by drawing it or cutting it out of paper
  4. Cut out your fish and put it in your tree.
  5. Snap a picture and send it to us at [email protected]

Click on a fish below to get the downloadable pdf:

Simple line drawing of a fish smilingSimple line drawing of a fish

 

Simple line drawing of a fish

 

Badge that says Find Your Grit with a graphic of a fish in a tree Badge that says Great Minds Don't Think Alike with graphic fish

 

Web-based resource: www.Understood.org

This website provides clear information and practical advice so that parents can help kids with learning disabilities thrive in school and in life.

Want to hear kids your age talk about what it feels like to have learning challenges?  Click on the photos below to go to Understood.org and hear from them in their own words:

 
Image of girl named Merrill who discusses Reading issues - click to go to website
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  An image girl named Lucy who struggles with writing - click to go to video

 

Image of girl named Alex who shares her struggles with math - click to go to video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of boy named Scott who struggles with organization - click to go to video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To go straight to the stories on the Understood website go to the link below and scroll down: https://www.understood.org/en/through-your-childs-eyes#csABCE73117B9E4884B657C425A1830F67