Learning Differences

Children and adults with learning differences often struggle to keep up with their peers and co-workers. But they do not fall behind due to a lack of intelligence or an inability to ascertain knowledge, but rather due to a disability that complicates the ability to comprehend or communicate information. When parents and teachers are made aware of the learning differences their children and students face, they can begin taking steps to counterbalance them. Although there are many conditions that can affect normal learning processes, some of the most common ones include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Inability to communicate thoughts into writing (Dysgraphia)
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Mathematics and calculations disorders (Dyscalculia)
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Neurological disorders, such as visual and auditory processing disorders

Did you know…

that more than 15 percent of children have a learning disability? That means that for a 20-person classroom, approximately 3 students will have a learning difference that may result in a poor academic performance. Unfortunately, these students are more likely to have negative feelings about school and learning, and may have low self-esteem.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could my child or I need psychiatric therapy for a learning disability?

You or your child may need to be evaluated for a learning disability if he or she seems to be unmotivated to succeed or unable to carry out assignments on a regular basis. Learning disabilities may also be evident in a number of other traits, such as the inability to follow instructions or the inability to discern between certain letters, directions or periods of time.

What should I expect during therapy for learning differences?

In an attempt to identify an accurate diagnosis, you or your child’s psychiatrist will conduct a series of tests under the observation of a specialist. A review of academic and medical records may also reveal clues – especially if a family member has been diagnosed with a learning disorder.

Will I need to make any lifestyle changes to facilitate my or my child’s therapy?

It is important to recognize that learning differences are not the fault of you or your child. There is nothing you or your child can do to overcome a learning disability alone. However, with time and therapy, a moderate or complete recovery may be possible.

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