AMDG. What causes a learning disability or difficulty and how can we help a student exercise that part of their mind? Margaret Walsh of Secret Garden Educational Pathways joins Bonnie and Steven today to discuss the Ignatian idea of cura personalis, or care of the whole person, in the context of special education. Margaret shares how she draws on both her liberal arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College and her advanced specialized training in special ed to provide accessible support through remediation and education therapy. Topics touched on today include strengthening students’ capabilities, the 13 categories of learning needs, how to distinguish diagnosable struggles from emotional immaturity or stubbornness, and the hesitance and stigma surrounding diagnoses.
org, which Margaret says is “an amazing resource for easy reading and exploring different struggles, symptoms, testing questions, etc. for families to use. Their platform and website is far easier to follow than many other "special education" websites.” Articles on that Margaret selected to go with this episode:
https://www.mindware.orientaltrading.com/, according to Margaret, “has some great games to use to build skills. Often the students don't even realize they are doing something challenging, because they are more focused on the game.”