At Tedheads, we have coined the term ELSA which stands for emotional and learning style alternatives. ELSA refers to the difference in range and nature of our unique tendencies in relation to concentration, organisation, expression, creativity, attention, co-ordination of movement, imagination, memory, how we read, write, spell and problem-solve.
ELSA supersedes the more commonly-used terms which may be situational, relative and negative and which generally fall within the definitions of Specific Learning Difficulties and Communication Difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, attention deficiency disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and autism.)
Labels have been applied to people whose thinking patterns present a challenge to the education system, employment settings or relationships. Yet many people have highly-developed visual, concrete, imaginative or tangental thinking skills which remain hidden or lost completely.
ELSA is not just another definition; it is an approach based upon respect, wonderment and curiosity.