Giving our students tools- I like to relate things that happen in life outside of school to what our students may be experiencing. For example, last spring, I decided to do some landscaping at home. I have always done my own gardens, grass etc, but I decided that the large section of tangled trees and shrubs needed more attention in a short period of time than I could handle. I have a weed wacker, but no chainsaw and other high-quality tools to really cut out dead materials. I did hire a landscaper and I got a large area of our backyard cleaned up. After looking at the job, I realized that I simply would not have been able to accomplish the same thing because I did not have the tools.
Our students come to school with the same problem. Some of our kids with their language-based learning differences had been given the equivalent of a rock and a piece of wood when really if they had been given the proper tools they could be successful. This is what we do. We give them a pencil and a piece of paper and learn what they need first and then adapt the program to their needs.