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Knitting As A Learning Therapy
Created By: LuAnne Russell

I began knitting in my teen years, and have found knitting and crocheting to be very satisfying and helpful during times of stress. I also like to knit or crochet while watching TV instead of sitting idle.

I've worked in the local school system for over ten years: mostly working with children who have learning disabilities or who may need a little extra help with reading comprehension, problem solving, etc.

In my little apartment community, I have met several young people who are experiencing the above-mentioned problems in school. I have taught a few of them to knit in just an hour or so, explaining to them that it will take them a longer time to practice and get their stitches perfect or nearly so. At first, when the children have had problems with their project, I sit down with them and help them correct the problem. After a few times of assisting them, I ask them to try to resolve the problem themselves while I sit beside them to offer any assistance, if needed. I then explain to them that they have solved the problem themselves and how they can apply this to solving problems with schoolwork. I also explain to them how taking the time to learn to knit and figure out for themselves how to solve the problem that they were having proves that they DO have the ability to concentrate, learn a difficult task, and problem solve.

I've actually had children, and a parent or two, come to me with tears in their eyes to tell me of the improvement that they have had in school since they learned to knit and discovered they actually did have the ability to do the things they had become convinced they were "too dumb to do".

I'm not a giant in the teaching world or a genius, but I do have a love of children and of knitting and crocheting. I believe others can use this technique to encourage children and let them know that they do have the ability to become more successful in school (and other areas of their lives)!

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