Personal Experience in a School
By Adele Saccarelli, Founder of
Teamwork Wins Ltd.
I struggled at a young age with several
Invisible Challenges™ , but I don’t remember exactly when I developed my unique
coping skills, the skills that would get me through each grade. Hyperactivity,
dyslexia and auditory processing difficulties are not conducive to traditional
methods of teaching or learning.
It was difficult to stay focused
with hyperactivity in school, except on the soccer field, basketball or
volleyball courts, where I was able to move. No matter how hard I tried, I
annoyed every classroom teacher I met. Because I could not focus like the
average child, I was unable to learn at a similar pace as other kids and fell
behind in my academic studies.
School subjects were as
interesting to me as to any of my classmates. I was intelligent, but because I
could not meet educational standards in an accepted way, people perceived that
something was wrong with me. I was inappropriately judged for poor
grades. The system was not working for me, but everyone insisted that I
had to make it work without teaching me any tools with which to do it. There
was no consideration given to my unique needs to achieve the same understanding
as everyone else.
So I discovered a useful coping
skill to get by. Not necessarily a healthy skill, but it was a functional
skill. I developed a connection with all my teachers. I knew everything about
them: what made them tick,; how they wanted things to look in their mind or in
their issues, their weaknesses and strengths, what type of people they liked or
disliked, and what made them comfortable... READ MORE