My experience during the simulations was quite interesting. I never thought that through a few short exercises I would get a small glimpst of what it feels like to be a child with a learning disability. I only have one word to describe the overwhelming feeling that I felt during the simulations, and that is: FRUSTRATION. I am not even that child struggling with this disability everyday, but I was so frustrated and irritated when I couldn't keep up, or figure out the answers. Ordindary problems, and activities I take for granted because they come so easy to me, would be the source of great frustration for children with learning disabilities.
It is quite interesting that they could come up with such a creative way for people to experience what it is like. I have worked with a few children now that have the diagnosis of ADHD as a TSS. Until now I could never even come close to understanding why they got so frustrated or defeated with such a small amount of work in school and for homewrok. The particular area of the simulations that gave me insights into their experiences was the Attention one. For once I can say that I only got a glimpst of what that feels like for them, but can understand that after dealing with that everyday, how that could lead to such meltdowns. Their tantrums may be extreme at times, but at least I can understand where the sense of frustration emerged.
As a teacher I believe these simulations could give really good implications for changes in the classroom. One change is that way a lesson is taught and what modifications could be used. By experiencing what a child experiences a teacher could think of ways to make activities and lessons more engaging for the child and less distracting. Some ways may also be to think of ideas that would help one childs situation independently, because all children's disabilities are unique from others with the same disability. By having a student describe what it is like for them to experience different things in the classroom. A teacher could modify accordingly to help that particular student. Being able to experience these simulations first hand has given me a personal perspective into what it is like to have a learning disability and those experiences come at a rarety, when you do not have a diagnosis of your own.