On Tuesday evening February 26th 2013, Pathfinders Learning in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA will offer a 1 hour and 45 minute simulation experience that helps parents, teachers, and other professionals actually feel what it is like to have a reading problem.
It is very difficult to understand how a smart child can struggle with reading and even harder to imagine what it must feel like to actually HAVE the condition...to live each and every day wading unsuccessfully through a world of print. That’s the critical piece that training generally lacks, often causing these children to be viewed as lazy or unmotivated.
After attending a Reading Challenges Simulation, grandmother Marie C. said, "I am so grateful that I can go home tonight and be more patient with my granddaughters. Now I know how painful it is to be lost in the learning process.”
This is a fun, but eye-opening experience that can help anyone working with children with reading problems to better understand and help remove or at least diminish the frustration these children feel.
Developed by Drs. Joe and Carol Utay from Pittsburg, the simulation will place participants in a classroom setting and have them experience a variety of dyslexic challenges while trying to complete assignments. Throughout the simulation, participants can ask questions and discuss their experiences.
The purpose of the simulation is for participants to experience first-hand the daily challenges facing children with reading problems.
While the event is held as a free service to parents and professionals, they request that you make a reservation so that materials can be ready for all who attend.
Brenda Lana, owner of Pathfinders Learning says, "Smart kids are painfully struggling to learn or read. It can be confusing to both parents and teachers. It just doesn’t make sense to the adults who know how inteligent these children are."