It’s October. For the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor – Essex County (LDAWE) this means a busy month with lots of activities, because October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s plans in Windsor – Essex have included:
- ADHD Awareness Day on October 2, 2015 with Dr. Burey
- Instruments of Change Gala on October 2, 2015
- Instruments of Change Conference on October 3, 2015
- Reading & Writing with Google Webinar on October 20, 2015 with AlphaPlus (if you miss it, it will be archived here).
- Open House on October 24, 2015
A major focus of this year’s events have been a transition from focusing on the individual with learning disabilities’ weaknesses to focusing on their strengths. During the Keynote at the Instruments of Change Conference, Dr. Cory Saunders referenced Dr. Ross Greene‘s “Kids Do Well When They Can” model. Saunders asked the audience, “Why do we focus on the negative? Does this help the child?” Saunders left the audience with a to do list:
- Focus on successes
- Normalize development
- Foster growth in areas of strength
Another great resource for parents and educators is the HBO documentary, I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences as seen in the trailer below:
So what is strength-based learning? Here at LDAWE, we believe that strength-based learning allows people to participate and excel in activities that match their strengths. We began this process in our Summer Enrichment Camps by having weekly themes, which allow children to excel at drama, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), etc… During our Open House, we will be taking this one step further by announcing plans for our new 3D Printer.
We encourage you to bring your entire family (recommended for ages 6+) with you to LDAWE’s Open House on October 24, 2015 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at 647 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor, Ontario. The highlight of this free event will be the demonstration of our new 3D Printer; however, there will also be a child activity area, demonstrations of our assistive technology, and information about our programs, scholarship, etc… A short presentation will take place at 11:00am. A few lucky attendees will even win one of the items made by the 3D Printer during the event.
Contact us at info@LDAWE.ca or 519-252-7889 for more details.