How Do You Find Out If Your Child Has Learning Disability?

  • 15 Aug 2019

Children with Learning Disability (LD) have difficulty processing information in one or more of several areas of learning. They may have problems getting information into the brain (called an input problem).  They may have difficulty with sound input (called an auditory perception or auditory processing disorder) or with visual input (called a visual perception disorder).

This child may have difficulty integrating information once it is received in the brain.  Some may have problems with the storage and retrieval of information or memory.  The memory problem might involve information still in the process of being learned (often called working memory or short-term memory) or material that has been learned but not retained (long-term memory).

Children may have difficulty getting information out of the brain (called an output problem). This may impact the ability to send information to their muscles.  For example, some children may have difficulty coordinating the muscles of the hand and have slow, tedious and awkward handwriting (called a grapho-motor problem).

Additionally, they may have difficulty getting thoughts onto paper (reflected by problems with spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization or organization of the thoughts).

Some children also may have difficulty with language output, including problems organizing their thoughts, finding the right words and expressing themselves.

A child with a learning disability may exhibit one or more of the following signs:-
  • Delay in communication, such as slow language development or difficulty with speech
  • Problems understanding what is being said or difficulty in communicating thoughts
  • Poor coordination and uneven motor development, such as delays in learning to sit, walk, run, color, and using scissors which leads to problems forming letters and numbers
  • Problems with memory and routine; for example, not remembering daily activities and not understanding instructions
  • Delays in socializing, playing and interacting with other children
  • Difficulty with basic spelling, grammar and reading comprehension
Note: These signs alone are not enough to determine that a child has a learning disability. A professional assessment is necessary to diagnose a learning disability.  Each learning disability has its own indication and not every child with a particular disability will have all the above signs.

Parenting Tips for dealing with your child’s learning disability

Your child is not defined by his or her learning disability.  A learning disability represents one area of weakness, but there are many more areas of strengths.  Focus on your child’s gifts and talents.  Your child’s life and schedule shouldn’t revolve around the learning disability.  Nurture the activities where he or she excels, and make plenty of time for them.

In search for ways to help your children with learning disability, do remember that you are looking for ways to help them to help themselves.  Our job as a parent is not to “cure” the learning disability, but to give the child the social and emotional tools he or she needs to work through challenges.  In the long run, facing and overcoming life challenges such as a learning disability can help the child grow stronger and more resilient.

Always remember the way we behave and respond to challenges has a big impact on our child.  A good attitude won’t solve the problems associated with a learning disability, but it can give your child hope and confidence that things can improve and that he or she will eventually succeed in life!

Sourced from: ReadingRockets
Image credit: SunshineChildren and DisabilityEmpowerment

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