During my teens I was lucky to be able to stay with a wonderful family in Paris to improve my schoolboy French.
The problem for me was difficulty understanding everybody, and I wondered whether my hearing or learning were impaired.
I felt stupid!
That was when 'Maman' stepped in.
She saw instantly that I was perplexed and not joining in.
She understood the reasons and took me in hand.
Everything was accessible.
They made sense.
I was learning.
My language brain was being programmed
At first I'd been "Learning Disabled"...
...by those around me, because they didn't have the knowledge or insight to recognise my limitations and work within them.
But luckily I was taken in hand by someone who could...
Her teaching was enjoyable, accessible and learnable from.
A week later I could tune in and understand everybody!
I'd been "Learning Enabled".
This makes me wonder whether we should think about replacing the term 'Learning Disabled' (with its negative connotations), with the term 'Learning Enabled' (as I was), because this takes away the sense of responsibility from the child and gives it to the grown ups.
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