Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

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.

One description of learning disabilities can be seen at http://www.helpguide.org, which states:…

Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb. In fact, most are just as smart as everyone else. Their brains are simply wired differently. This difference affects how they receive and process information.

Simply put, children and adults with learning disabilities see, hear, and understand things differently. This can lead to trouble with learning new information and skills, and putting them to use. The most common types of learning disabilities involve problems with reading, writing, math, reasoning, listening, and speaking.

It can be tough to face the possibility that your child has a learning disorder. No parents want to see their children suffer. You may wonder what it could mean for your child’s future, or worry about how your child will make it through school. Perhaps you’re concerned that by calling attention to your child’s learning problems he or she might be labelled “slow” or assigned to a less challenging class.

But the important thing to remember is that most kids with learning disabilities are just as smart as everyone else. They just need to be taught in ways that are tailored to their unique learning styles. By learning more about learning disabilities in general, and your child’s learning difficulties in particular, you can help pave the way for success at school and beyond.

At http://www.ldonline.org I discovered this information…

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.

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