Learning Disability

For parents, there is nothing more distressing and disheartening than the knowledge that there is something not-so-right about their child. Those small, delightfully unique behaviours that border on humorous eccentricity, now become a cause of worry. You feel a sense of helplessness as you struggle to come to terms with the thought of a bleak future for your child, who has now been diagnosed as suffering from a learning disability.

This thought pervades their entire being, often rendering them incapable of taking positive measures that could ultimately help them move forward. Learning Discoveries seeks to put an end to all these depressing thoughts, by enabling the parents to gain a deeper understanding of the problems that their child is facing, and how best to tackle it. According to websites like the popular www.everydayhealth.com, many parents feel a sense of relief when they are exposed to the knowledge that they are not alone in feeling the way they do. Support groups assume a higher level of importance in this regard, as it will ensure that parents do not succumb to a feeling of despondency.

Let’s take a recap of what exactly learning disabilities are, so as to help those of you who are pretty much in the dark as to what a diagnosis entails.

Learning Disabilities: A Brief Look
Learning disabilities are also known as learning disorders. It can afflict any child, but studies have shown that boys are more prone to suffer from it that girls. Children who are diagnosed with learning disorders can never be said to be dumb or stupid. Far from it, these kids often have the same intelligence levels as other kids their age, and quite a few display extraordinary talent.

The problem lies in the way their brain perceives and makes use of the information they are exposed to. Many researchers have said that these kids simply have brains that are wired in a different way. Thus, what might be easy for others, might not be so easy for these kids to understand. It must be noted that at times the reverse has also been known to occur.

Kids with learning disabilities need a different approach when it comes to studying. They comprehension of data occurs in a different way, i.e., they see and hear things a bit differently than most kids. Consequently, their understanding will differ too. Such children will feel a lot of stress when it comes to learning new topics and skills. Usually, maths and language are the areas these kids struggle with.

Different Types Of Learning Disabilities:
1: Dyslexia: One of the most common, and easily diagnosed learning disability that affects a child’s reading capability. Dyslexia occurs when there is difficulty in recognising alphabets and words and understanding the meanings of words and the ideas that are associated with it.

2: Dyscalculia: This is a learning disorder that affects the child’s capability in processing mathematical concepts and functions. Often, this problem is the result of the child’s failure to process the inputs from language. Often, these kids can be observed having trouble with counting as well as basic number operations.

3: Dysgraphia: This is a learning disorder that affects the child’s ability to write, and implies the inability of the child to undertake the actual physical act of writing. Such children will often have work that is shabbily written, and with a lot of spelling errors.

Regardless of the type of learning disability your child may have, please remember that he/she is as anxious, if not more, that you are. Ensure that you are supportive and follow the guidelines that have been given by your healthcare provider.