Benefit of extracurriculars for kids with learning issues

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Benefit of extracurriculars for kids with learning issues

Well I think we're all aware that school is not the friendliest place for kids with learning disabilities. It can be a very hard place to go to on a daily basis. So it's really important for us as adults in their lives to look at their successes, look at what they're good at. So if they're good at dancing, get them out and get them into dance class. If they're good at drawing, get them out into drawing class. If we look back at Thomas Edison, Thomas Edison was sent home from school in second grade with a note attached to his back that said, "Mrs. Edison, I'm sorry. I cannot educate your child." Winston Churchill repeated the fourth grade two times. And Albert Einstein, his parents were told that "we're not sure he'll ever amount to anything because he is forever adrift within his dreams." A recent survey showed that 35% of entrepreneurs in North America consider themselves to be either dyslexic or ADD. So when you're sitting there and you're worried about your child and how they're struggling, definitely find them help. Find them a program that's going to strengthen them so they don't have to suffer through those years. But also remember that they're in very ,very good company. So when you're sitting there worried about your child and how they are working right now within the school district or in their school system, don't worry. Just be supportive. And it's important to understand that these amazing, gifted, visual, spacial thinkers who are struggling at school right now are innovators of the future. We need them. They are people who help move this world along.

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Angela Gonzales, MD

Dyslexia & ADD Specialist

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis Facilitator, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Renaissance Mind in Norco, CA.  Renaissance Mind is a Learning Facility where Dr. Angie uses both her Davis Facilitator License and medical expertise. Through Renaissance Mind, she is able to help clients, educators and parents learn skills and techniques that help overcome the obstacles of learning that accompany the unique thinking styles of those with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renaissance Mind programs utilize multiple, non-pharmaceutical, techniques that are tactile, fun, and unique to each client.  The programs also include help with focusing, comprehension, math skills, reading and handwriting skills.  As a transformational and instructional speaker and educator, Dr. Angie has dedicated herself to helping others, of all ages, to find joy and peace in their lives.  Through Renaissance Mind she offers multiple educational courses and workshops that aid individuals on their path to total wellness of mind, body and soul.

Prior to running Renaissance Mind, Dr. Angie received her BA in Physiology from the University of California at San Diego and then went on to obtain a doctorate in medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Martin Luther King Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to aid in teaching pediatric residents. Following her medical training she worked in Downey, California as a general pediatrician for seven years.  During this time she served on multiple committees both at the clinic and hospital.  

As Dr. Angie's family grew she transitioned her time from the clinic to time with her children, trading her full time practice for part time work covering other physicians’ practices when necessary. As her youngest child’s school experience increased in difficulty, she left medicine to aid in his education. Despite her efforts at homeschooling, her son continued to have learning challenges.  It wasn’t until she found a Davis® Facilitator that her son began to have success in school. She saw the success in her son defined by increasing reading ability, appropriate coping mechanisms and improving self esteem and confidence.  Her son’s success was her inspiration to go back to work, but not as a physician, as a Davis® Facilitator. As she began her journey, providing answers for those with learning differences, she realized that the sum total of the individual was far more than just their ability to learn.  She began to work with the total individual to promote total wellness.  This led her into her other passion: helping to heal the whole person. 

Dr. Angie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She currently resides in Riverside, CA with her husband of 23 years, her four children (including her nephew) and three dogs.

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