This is a video from the “brainhighways” channel on YouTube that I stumbled across while researching the ADHD project. It just struck a chord with me for its honesty and openness. If you’re an educator, perhaps there’s something in remembering that it’s not a class of thirty students you’re teaching, but rather thirty individual students in your class.
Before you watch it, though, think about what you can take from this video if you’re not a teacher. For me it’s this: everybody in life is different, no matter how similar they look. Not all additional needs are visible, and it never hurts to ask someone what you can do to help. After all, who knows what they need better than the person themselves?
Kids with a formal diagnosis, such as autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Central Auditory Processing Disorder — along those who just need to move while learning–often find it challenging to shine in a traditional classroom. The kids who collaborated to write and star in this “Dear Teacher” video represent such students. So, they wanted to share with educators how their brain works and offer simple ways teachers can help.
The link to the original video is here: