Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

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What is a Learning Disability?

For the longest while, I thought a learning disability meant that a child didn’t do well in school. Not until I began browsing the Internet, did I discover it’s a neurological disorder that can affect not only a child’s ability to read, write, spell and do math, but also their powers to reason, recall, and memorize which, obviously, are all linked to education, but can also negatively affect their daily activities.

As a grandparent raising grandchildren with learning disabilities, due to this disorder, I witness the challenges they face each day. A learning disability can’t be cured so the child must learn to live within specific boundaries handed to them through this condition, but with love and support the child can reach his full potential.

For a child with a learning disability, it’s important for them to know their strengths and be aware of their weaknesses. Caregivers can work with the child’s school and experts in mental health to offset the difficulties the child faces each day. As I browsed through the Internet I came across this list of learning disabilities at

Common learning disabilities:

  • Dyslexia – a language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. It may also be referred to as reading disability or reading disorder.
  • Dyscalculia – a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
  • Dysgraphia – a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
  • Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders – sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities– a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions

If you believe your child suffers with any one of the above learning disabilities, it’s time to communicate with the staff at your child’s school and contact your family doctor. Help is available.