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Two workshops to be held to break learning disability stigma

Two workshops to be held to break learning disability stigma

Author and motivational speaker Jonathan Mooney is on Island to help re-educate the public and break stigmas attached to learning disabilities.

He will be hosting two workshops tomorrow in the Mount Saint Agnes auditorium, as part of the Learning Disabilities Association of Bermuda's annual conference.

The first seminar will take place from 9am until noon and aims to give parents and teachers useful strategies to help students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

Many times traditional school settings label these young people for their academic failures, not recognising they may have a different set of cognitive gifts.

This leads students down a devastating spiral of academic failure, learned helplessness, and low self-esteem, said LDAB chairman Catherine Sousa.

Mr Mooney is expected to speak honestly about “the systemic and cultural barriers to normalising these unique learning styles” and empowering parents with “applicable strategies to build a positive self-understanding in their labelled student”.

He will lead a second workshop, from 1pm until 4pm, that helps teachers and parents redefine how students think and learn and can become successful in the 21st century.

Mr Mooney will give concrete examples on how to best support students in their academic and professional pursuits.

The seminar is expected to “blend research and human interest stories with concrete tips that parents, students, teachers, and administrators can follow to transform learning environments and create a world that truly celebrates cognitive diversity”.

Tickets for the event are available at www.bdatix.com, All Wrapped Up in the Washington Mall and Fabulous Fashions in the Heron Bay Plaza.

Useful website: www.ldab.org.

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Published November 18, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am)

Two workshops to be held to break learning disability stigma

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