San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Simulation of What it Feels Like to Have Dyslexia...
"Walk In Their Shoes"
Experience Dyslexia: The simulation is a hands-on experience that lets participants go through some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability. The updated simulation, formerly known as "Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Person with Dyslexia," provides a lively, thought-provoking activity for teachers, parents, or anyone interested in better understanding the lives of individuals with dyslexia. This simulation was designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia (specific language learning disability) encounter daily. It is hoped that this experience will lead to greater empathy and understanding and provide insight into working more effectively with these individuals.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SIMULATION
Participants rotate among six learning stations that simulate language-related tasks that may be encountered in the classroom and workplace. Station leaders guide participants through each 10-minute station.
Station 1: Learn to Read
· simulates a beginning reading problem
Station 2: Listen to Me
· simulates an auditory figure-ground problem
Station 3: Write with Mirrors
· simulates a visual-motor and writing problem
Station 4: Name That Letter
· simulates a letter-word identification problem
Station 5: Write or Left
· simulates a copying and writing problem
Station 6: Hear and Spell
· simulates an auditory discrimination problem