Learning Disabilities


By comparing the human brain to a computer, the Learning Disabilities unit teaches students how the brain takes in, sorts, stores, and shares information and how learning can be impacted when someone has a learning disability affecting one or more of these areas.


Key themes:

  • 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.

Program implementation is flexible and can be adapted for your classroom, but a typical 2-hour session includes:

Strengths and challenges Students brainstorm to realize that that everyone has their own set of unique strengths and challenges.
Informational PowerPoint presentation Learning disabilities are defined and students learn how the brain works using a computer analogy.
Four small group activities Hands-on activities enable students to experience for themselves some of the challenges of those with learning disabilities. Students discover alternative ways to do things when facing challenges.
Guest Speaker A guest speaker shares the experience of living with a learning disability.