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Student perspective: Hannah SnowWaxahachie, Texas — February 21, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) student Hannah Snow has experienced the struggle of coping with a learning disability. She is now using her experiences to relate to students in the classroom.

Snow says, "Having struggled with a learning disorder myself, I identify with students who are struggling with learning disabilities."

At one year old, Snow was diagnosed with severe sensory integration disorder (SID) after developing symptoms such as loss of speech, loss of eye contact, overall unresponsiveness, and other abnormal behaviors. SID is a neurological disorder and falls in the autism spectrum.

Snow began participating in an experimental occupational therapy program by Dr. Temple Grandin and received two years of occupational and speech therapy in Georgia. She recalls, “I vividly remember the frustration I experienced during sessions. I truly believed I was expressing my thoughts, but I wasn’t even close to speaking English.” By age three, Snow was experiencing virtually no symptoms of SID.

Snow currently student teaches in a kindergarten classroom at Shackelford Elementary School in Waxahachie. She says, “My background knowledge and personal experience make it easier to identify students who are struggling and know how to approach them. I can relate to what they are feeling.”

She continues, “I desire to reach out to these students and believe that my experiences will help the dynamic of my own classroom.”

Snow is from Panhandle, Texas. She was homeschooled through A Beka Academy and attended Amarillo College before enrolling at SAGU in Fall 2010 as an elementary education major.

SAGU professors impacted Snow during her time at SAGU. She says, “The SAGU professors teach from personal experience. It is so helpful to learn from professors who have been in the situations I am preparing for.”

Professor Larry Goodrich particularly influenced Snow while taking she was taking his Philosophy of Education course. She says, "Dr. Goodrich encourages his students to be selfless as ministers of God to students. His passion for the souls of the lost is contagious and students leave his classroom completely changed."

While at SAGU, Snow served as the student president of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), a national education organization. She served as president Spring 2012 through Fall 2012.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 

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