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How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities


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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PDX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KT0UJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This unique program lets viewers experience the frustration, anxiety, and tension faced by children with learning disabilities. Workshop facilitator Richard Lavoie presents a series of striking simulations emulating daily experience of LD children. Teachers, social workers, and parents, workshop participants, reflect upon how the workshop changed their approach to LD children. Includes discussion of mainstreaming discipline and self-concept.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend teachers, student teachers and parents watch it.
M. S. Shapiro
It is a PBS video and because they are so expensive, 49.95 at pbs site, I am still searching for a used copy and I will keep on as it was that good of a video.
GOD is the Ultimate Author
Excellent resource for parents and teachers of children with Learning Disabilities and other difficulties that affect education in the classroom.
J. K.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SaraNessa on February 28, 2007
Format: DVD
I saw this at a workshop for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Richard Lavoie is a dynamic speaker and gave an excellent workshop. As the parent of an Asperger's child I came away with a better understanding of what my daughter must go through every day. PBS would do well to give it a wider release on DVD at a cheaper price than currently available here.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DKKindergarten on February 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I saw the video in grad school and it forever changed the way I view children with learning disabilities and how I teach and interact with all students. (I am a regular ed kindergarten teacher.) I was astounded that Richard LaVoie could create the disabilities in me while I watched.

I think that every school district should have this in their library. It makes teachers more empathetic and therefore more effective for their students.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pete Shea on August 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Wow...this video really opened my eyes about the challenges 'different' learners face...especially in the tea kettle called the classroom.

For these kids, forcing them to "try harder" is not only misguided, but downright unfair.

Kudos to Lavoie for this powerful experience...it's well worth the cost.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This is an outstanding presentation by a very bright and capable educator. I would have given it 5 stars were it not for some production problems related to the original taping.

Lavoie takes a group of people through a series of exercises designed to give "normal" people an idea of what it is like to have learning differences (LD). The exercises are remarkably effective and amazingly enlightening. He also dispels myths and discusses common errors teachers and parents make in teaching and communicating with children (and adults, for that matter).

The exercises take one through experiences dealing with processing problems, memory problems, perceptual differences, motor function problems, reading problems, and behavioral challenges.

While there are some obvious problems with the sound at times (probably malfunctioning wireless mics in the original recordings), the material is still extremely valuable and well worth the minor inconvenience of the sound issues.

I first saw this while running the control room for a distance class in Special Education. Since the love of my life has multiple learning differences, the impact on me was particularly strong. I actually cried as I watched, realizing just how incredibly difficult her life must be. I have since seen it many times again, and purchased my own copy. I will soon be buying another copy, as I gave mine to a relative who teaches, who also loved it.

While somewhat dated (notice the width of ties and lapels), it is an extremely important work, especially given the increase in such problems today. It is still very powerful and relevant today. This program has helped make me an advocate for LD people.

However, this is not just for educators or those who know LD people.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on October 7, 2008
Format: DVD
This video changed my life. A friend of mine loaned me her copy about 8 years ago, when my sons were diagnosed with ADHD. This video helped me understand my children in a whole new way. It made me more patient with them, and more compassionate. It didn't preach at me or shame me -- it CHANGED me from the inside out.

Rick Lavoie is an incredibly gifted speaker and gifted educator. But besides that, he is deeply passionate about unlocking the potential inside every human being, and he has a heart for those kids who are misunderstood because their learning differences make them, well, different.

In this fast-paced video, Lavoie leads a room full of adults through a series of hilarious exercises, which make them (and YOU) feel like they have various learning disabilities -- dyslexia, ADHD, discalculia, etc. The exercises are very interesting and the participants are good sports. You can see the light bulb going on for each one as they feel what it's like to have a learning disability.

Lavoie demonstrates in a powerful way that what LD kids need is (1) time and (2) unconditional love.

I thank God that He put this video into my hands while my kids were still young. It kept me and my husband from destroying our kids' self-esteem through impatience or saying the wrong thing. I sincerely wish that every teacher in America would watch this video.

For school districts, I would recommend the DVD. For people on a tight budget, you can buy the VHS from PBS for about fifty bucks. It is one of their best-sellers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LGC on February 11, 2010
Format: DVD
this video literally changed my life...as the parent of a gifted child and a teacher...I cannot say enough about this video. I believe everyone who wants to be a teacher should see this and every parent should want to see it. My son has a very high IQ but had difficulty in school...the old 'work harder' 'pay attention' style of teaching did nothing for us...even I was stuck in that mentality until I saw this video....it's been more than ten years since I saw it for the first time and I watch again from time to time to remind myself that 'fair' doesn't really mean the same for everyone...thank you Mr. Lavoie
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mama Llama on January 9, 2010
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If you are an educator, a school administrator, a parent or anyone who works with learning disabled children, this is a must see. I thought I understood my child, but then I watched the video. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Excellent, timeless video.
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