Brussels Sprouts / Image:

Brussels Sprouts / Image:

I struggled in school but I never had dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that affects a person’s reading comprehension, writing, and spelling.

Children with disabilities are often called children with special needs. Due to their difficulty reading and writing they’re often teased because they’re unable to perform age-appropriate motor skills. However, underneath the piles of frustrating effort they put forth to complete their work lies amazing talent.

On a Twitter-based #ILAchat on October 8, educators stressed the importance of early prevention and awareness for children with dyslexia. If you have a child with dyslexia they may struggle to fit in at school. If you seem to be at your wits end encouraging them to stay focused, you can tell them to take a few lessons from Brussels sprouts. Here are three lessons you can share with them:

  1. A child with special needs may get discouraged because he feels overlooked in class and may never catch up to his peers. A child with special needs is seen as slow but he’s actually gifted and can out-perform his same-age peers. Take a look at the growth of Brussels sprouts. Seedlings at the bottom of Brussels sprout plants aren’t seen, but they mature first.
  1. A child with special needs may get discouraged when he’s overlooked for team sports. His peers may feel he has nothing to offer and pick other children that display better physical coordination. The Brussels sprout plant feels overlooked too. He may be small in size but he doesn’t look down on himself because he knows he’s packed with vitamin C, E, K and iron.
  1. A child with special needs often struggles in social skills. He may not understand that he’s behaving inappropriately and lose friends. Brussels sprouts are a slow growing vegetable and need to be planted in midsummer so they can reach full maturity by early Fall. When growing they look like miniature cabbages. When explaining the plant’s growth to your child you can tell them that just as it takes time, hard work and patience to grow Brussels sprouts, it takes time, hard work and patience to make friends.


For more information on learning disabilities go to: Learning Disabilities Association of America at

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