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Thursday, October 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Depathologizing Learning Difference: A Non-threatening, Solution-oriented Way of Talking to Students and Their Parents, Room J-201

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In this session, I present a compassionate approach to thinking and talking about learning differences. My approach is nonjudgmental, strengths-based and solution-oriented.

When we spend too much time talking about what is "wrong" with a student, we are at risk of forgetting what is “right.” Too often, the language we use to talk about learning difference is reductionistic and focuses more on the perceived problem than on possible solutions. I believe this approach is pathologizing and often leaves students and their parents feeling worried, disappointed, and hopeless.

In this session, we will explore how educators can partner with parents and their children to:
  • clarify the nature of the learning challenges
  • de-escalate feelings of "defected-ness," worry, and blame 
  • highlight strengths
  • offer a different, hopeful perspective
Appropriate for all grade levels.

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Ericka Fur

Learning Support Consultant
Ericka Fur, Learning Support Consultant, holds a BA in English literature and psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a higher diploma of secondary education from the University of Cape Town. She also holds an MS in learning disabilities from Bank Street... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010