Learning Disabilities/Strategies

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  • Prep 15 min before meetings; add 30 min to the day
  • Ask for context, clarification
  • Facilitate dialogue
  • Counselling pose - re: tone, body language
  • Get your own printer / paper vs. using the company printer (it's by your side)
  • Highlight, underline key phrases
  • Record instructions if necessary (have headphones available to not disturb others during playback)
  • Timed conditions - challenges for eye-hand coordination, and pacing
  • Challenges with depth perception, and psychological difficulties
  • anxiety, depression - affect visual processing
  • the anxiety is more temporal / situational – and when it does occur, it definitely affects processing speed and task performance
  • Avoid micro-managing supervisors, impatient, not understanding or accommodating...
  • When looking at diagrams of visual materials talk your way through them out loud - getting the benefit of the auditory feedback loop, which helps you retain information in working memory long enough to process it and move it into long term memory.
  • Use diagrams but then like verbal clarification: experiment with generating your own graphic organizers too, like mind maps, and then talking your way through them.
  • Focus on “mental energy”, and different forms of energy – physiological too.
  • When experiencing stress or anxiety or paralyzing thoughts / being overwhelmed, the physical energy required is simply exhausting. Hunger too, is a constant friend.
  • Learning
  • Books - Reading & Wishlist

Be proactive about learning context.

For example, learn as much as possible about a client’s company before meeting with them. When reading, flip through written material to get the organizational scheme before you start reading. If you go to hear a speaker, try to get some background about their ideas beforehand. Google searches can be very helpful!! When going to a new physical location, go scope it out ahead of time, when you’re not under time pressure. The beauty of getting context upfront is that then you have a framework in which to “put” new information as it comes in, which can help reduce overload.

  • I’d like to break down “be proactive about learning context” related to these types of situations, to see if I’m missing something.

= Summarize / Clarify as you go

  • Make a habit of summarizing as you go. PRACTICE – FOCUSING When reading you can ask, “What was this paragraph about?” and try to summarize in one sentence, then ask what an entire section was about and summarize, and ultimately what the entire document was about. You might find it helpful to record a short spoken summary of meetings immediately afterward for your own reference. It might even be helpful to distill a conversation briefly for the client before going onto the next topic. So you might say “I’m hearing that your primary needs are XYZ” before moving on to discuss solutions you can offer. By summarizing as you go, you are working your way up to the big picture. –

Another good point – I do tend to do this – I ‘clarify’ – and also say to the person, that I am ‘clarifying’ – but I could do a better job of this, both with a supervisor, as well as peers / co-workers.

Split and Chunk / Clump

  • Given a tendency to be overwhelmed, it will be important to learn how to “split” and how to “clump.”
  • Structured approach to project management - be more mindful and structured - project plan, priorities, etc.
  • Estimation - Difficulty in ESTIMATING the amount of Time and Effort required for projects without putting in too much research and extra time.

Watch Movies at Home (sound off)

  • read cues


(Thanks Marian!)

  • Get referrals via Rotary, Kiwanis
  • Volunteer
  • in your field if you can, or area of function; OR
  • start at bottom (but in a position where you will come into contact with others (i.e., gift store, not storeroom)
  • be a social butterfly - speak to as many people as possible - learn about their needs, and respectfully express your passion(s) related to work
  • share your resume, goals and interests (i.e., send them by email)
  • check in with HR - find out who's hiring, budget awarded, grant money received - keep on people's radar
  • let them know what you are up to - progress, work, etc. - build and sustain the relationship

Instructional Strategies


  • Anti-Clutter
  • NutritionFacts.org
  • Yoga Teaching Class

Capacity Building & Education (Services & Programs), CMHA

The Education Program develops and provides education and programming in mental illness awareness and mental health promotion. We conduct workshops, make presentations, coordinate school based programs and promote awareness of mental health related issues in the media. We also:

  • Provide speakers and skill development workshops on such topics as the myths and realities of mental illness, suicide intervention, mental health in the workplace, and surviving war and torture (see training)
  • Develop and offer educational and promotional materials to increase the public's awareness of mental health and mental illness
  • Conduct events during Mental Health Week in May and Mental Illness Awareness Week in October.
  • Develop and offer school based programming to secondary schools on mental health, mental illness, and suicide
  • Operate an extensive videos and lending library available on loan to the public
  • Contact: Renée Ouimet; Division Director and contact person; (613)737-7791 Ext. 124


Knowledge Translation

Associate, Knowledge Mobilization Works (www.knowledgemobilization.net) http://knowledgemobilizationworks.blogspot.ca/


http://www.iisd.org/networks/coms/mobilization.asp Scott Mitchell, Director, Knowledge Transfer phone extension 4136, smitchell@ontario.cmha.ca

Online Teaching (Algonquin)

Algonquin College – Online Learning http://www.algonquincollege.com/ccol/psCE/contactCE.htm Patricia Lychak, Academic Online Coordinator – plychak@algonquincollege.com 613 727 4723 x2594

Claudette Longpre – longprc@algonquincollege.com

Sharon Rendle at rendles@algonquincollege.com<mailto:rendles@algonquincollege.com> - 613 727 4723 x 5592 If you require the assistance of an Academic Manager, please contact Lindsay Hinds at hindsl@algonquincollege.com<mailto:hindsl@algonquincollege.com>