STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS I have two
learning-disabled children who are now successful adults. I learned to admire the way they faced challenges and adjusted to change. They have taught me more than they will ever know.
This experience has been helpful in my professional life as well. It is not infrequent in dysfunction relationships that communication is the stem of the problem. All people listen differently, communicate differently and absorb data differently. Imagine how this is important in a mediation process. If your communication skills are challenged, you may need more time to commit to life changing decisions. You need a professional at your side who helps to recognize your processing skills.
These are silent disabilities. That is why you need to have a relationship with your counsel. You need to know each other and anticipate the support that you need, and your counsel can give.
Today, I continue to volunteer in Orange County Public Schools with young learners. I read books to kindergarten and first graders and I have four rules:
1. Use your imagination,
2. Respect each other,
3. Respect each other’s boundaries, and
4. Love one another.
The students lay their heads on the table, close their eyes, listen with their ears to the book I read and let their imaginations imagine.
THIS WORKS FOR ADULTS TOO. I have realized that this is a good habit for adults too. I work with families with various degrees of stress. Respecting each other, listening with your ears and letting your imagination soar can be the best three rules to resolving your stress. Because of my respect for different learners, I have been voted Orange County Public School volunteer of the year two times, once at the elementary school and once for the entire county. I think I can share some helpful strategies towards your success.