Chapter 11 - But what if you start late?

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But what if you start late?


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  Until she was 10, Helen Keller was deaf, blind and mute.
  But by 16 she had learned to read in Braille, and to write and speak well enough to go to college. She graduated with honors in 1904.
  Fortunately her first teacher had never heard of the term "learning disabled".
  Unable to use her sense of sight or hearing, Helen Keller learned first through touch. And the good news is that modern breakthroughs have now provided the tools for all of us to "switch on" to easier learning, even those who may have been labelled "backward" or "slow".
  Almost a century after Keller's graduation, her message to the world is still clear: everyone is potentially gifted - in some way.
  Obviously, the earlier you start to develop those talents the better. One Fortune survey has concluded that every dollar spent on good care before birth saved $3.38 on intensive care in a hospital neonatal unit. And every $1 spent on the best head-start programs before school "lowers expenditures for special education, welfare, teen pregnancy and incarceration of criminals by $6".1
  But even if experience in infancy is poor, can children still catch up at primary school? Fortunately the evidence gives an overall "yes." This is not to deny that some people have learning difficulties. But labeling them "learning disabled" must rank with I.Q. tests as one of the great educational tragedies of the century. The very act of labeling often adds to the stress. Our research convinces us that any person can learn - in his or her own way. And those ways are many and varied.


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