Stop Stereotyping: Understanding Learning Disabilities

Learning DisabilityWhen someone says a child has a learning disability, people would always think of the implications inside the classroom. But what you don’t know is, learning disabilities affects children, teenagers, and adults beyond the confines of a classroom.

It may affect not only their learning skills, but also their personal and professional relationships. Open your eyes and understand what learning disabilities are all about. 

What are learning disabilities?

It may affect people with no obvious signs of physical defects. Also, those with learning disabilities appear to be smart and intelligent, but they are having trouble with certain skill sets that should not be a problem of someone of the same age.

According to Heritage Treatment Center, learning disability is a medical condition where the person has difficulty in receiving and processing information, making it difficult for them to accomplish simple learning skills such as reading, writing, calculations, understanding instructions, and directions. And because of the learning difficulty they are experiencing, children tend to act out, become hostile and rebellious.

What are the different types of learning disabilities?

There are different kinds of learning disabilities and they affect individuals differently. The four most common are dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Dyslexia is a common learning disability and affects how your child comprehends language, making it difficult for them to read and write as well as affect their grammar and reading comprehension. Because dyslexia affects language processing sometimes, these individuals will also have trouble communicating their thoughts.

Another is dyspraxia. Children having difficulties talking, writing, or they are clumsy or bad in sports might be suffering from dyspraxia. Dyspraxia affects motor skills making movement and coordination difficult for the child.

Dysgraphia is another example of a learning disability and affects the writing skills of a person. Children with bad handwriting, trouble with spelling and expressing their thoughts on paper may be suffering from dysgraphia.

Dyscalculia affects your child’s math skills and can affect anyone in different ways. Sometimes children with dysgraphia can have trouble recognizing numbers, difficulty in counting and performing simple mathematical problems.

What is the problem facing learning disabilities?

Early diagnosis is the major problem. When a child is doing poorly in school, teachers usually chalk this up to the child being lazy, indolent or shy. And if this goes undetected, your child will not only face problems in school but also in the real world.

Learning disabilities is a long term disease and can cause long term effects to your child. The best way to manage this disability is to consider enrolling your child in a learning disability school, which will help your child overcome disability and be successful in life.