Why do we call it learning difference? I’ve done the research, I’ve read the books. Actually I came across an interesting theory from Dr. Howard Gardner. He calls learning differences ‘Multiple Intelligences‘ (www.excelsiorcenter.com).
We know that many who are diagnosed with learning difference challenges go on to be successful men and women when packaged up for program and curriculums that remove all limitations and open a new prospective on learning and career opportunities.
Phill Spector, diagnosed with a learning difference, had the ability to expand in music: Musical/Rhythmic. He was able to hear patterns, recognize them, and manipulate them to excel in an area of music. These are things we can look to for ourselves. Though you may be challenged in one area, you are palpably strong in other areas. For instance, music is a wide and vast arena and sound engineers make a lot of money. The Morning Joe show that airs on MSMBC weekday mornings, 6:00-9:00 a.m., on any given show you will hear the sound engineers play various genre of music during the commercials. That engineer is playing for a variety of people who are listening. The soundtracks played are always apropos for the topic of discussion and guest.
Moreover, you too can tap into your strength and move forward. Knowing your strength enhances capability and destroys the misconception of the learning difference student.
A list of multiple intelligences strengths.
- Existential – to exhibit the proclivity to pose and ponder questions about life, death and ultimate realities
- Verbal/Linguistic – the capacity to use language to express what’s on your mind and to understand other people.
- Logical/Mathematical – the ability to understand the underlying principles of some kind of casual system
- Visual/Spatial – the ability to present the spatial would internally in your mind
- Musical/Rhythmic – the capacity to think in music, to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them
- Body/Kinesthetic – capacity to use your whole or parts of your body, to solve problems, make something, or put on a production
- Naturalist – the ability to discriminate among living things as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world
- Intrapersonal – having an understanding of yourself, of knowing who you are, what you can do, etc.
- Interpersonal – the ability to understand other people
– by Pastor Leo Carter