Every child has problems in school sometimes. However, if your child is consistently struggling to master coursework, complete assignments, stay organized, maintain focus while studying, and seems to be a “slow learner”, it might be time to consider testing for a learning disability.
Learning disabilities can be defined as a disorder that impairs a person's ability or ability to comprehend or respond to new information. They also affect the ability of a person to recall information that has been taken in. It can cause difficulties with listening, language skills, and math operations.
Learning disabilities can also lead to difficulties in coordination, which can make the child feel awkward. In order to overcome this, learning disability counseling is necessary. Myfitbrain provides the best counseling services for your child in order to cope with any difficulties in school.
Learning disabilities are a brain operation difference that does not affect intelligence (IQ). They are the most severe and persistent form of learning difficulty for children with above-average intelligence. Most learning disabilities are diagnosed during childhood.
It can be present at birth due to unique brain structures that may be genetic. However, most learning disabilities are diagnosed when the child is in school and starts to exhibit significant learning gaps when compared to peers. Learning disabilities can be lifelong and persistent. Mildly disabled adults may be able to adapt to their learning style, which can make the learning disability less severe.
Some of the most common learning disabilities are developmental reading disorder, a disorder of written expression, mixed expressive-receptive language disorder, and math operations disorder. These learning disabilities often accompany other disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It can cause social problems for the child.
Learning Difficulties Symptoms
Most likely, your child will experience learning disabilities symptoms daily and on an ongoing basis. Sometimes, any one of these symptoms can become severe. Here are some common learning difficulties symptoms:
- Dyscalculia (problems in mathematical operations)
- Dysgraphia (handwriting problems)
- Information-processing Disorders (inability to use sensory information fully)
- short attention span,
- poor memory,
- difficulty following directions,
- inability to discriminate between/among letters, numerals, or sounds (Dyslexia or Reading Disability)
- Language-related issues or difficulties with age-appropriate written and verbal communications
- A significant delay in reaching a milestone in development, while other areas are normal or higher than average
Causes of Learning Disability
Learning disabilities can be caused by a problem with the brain's development. This can happen before birth (prenatally), during childbirth, or early in childhood. Any combination of several factors can cause learning disabilities. Sometimes, the cause of learning disabilities is unknown. These are possible causes of learning disability:
- Heredity: It has been observed that children whose parents had learning disabilities are more likely to get the same disorder.
- Injury or illness during and after birth: Learning disabilities can be caused by injury or illness after or during birth. Other factors that could cause learning disabilities include drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy, birth trauma, poor growth of the uterus, low birth weight, premature labor, or prolonged labor.
- Infancy Stress: Stressful events after birth, such as high fever, head injuries, or poor nutrition.
- Environment: Increased exposure to toxic substances such as lead in paint, ceramics, and toys.
- Comorbidity: Children with learning disabilities have a greater chance of developing attention disorders or disruptive behavior disorders. ADHD can also be found in up to 25% of children diagnosed with reading disorders. It is believed that between 15 to 30 percent of ADHD children have a learning disorder.
Psychological Therapy for Learning Disabilities
Parents might worry that their child's learning disability will hinder them from achieving academic success. However, this is not always the case. Students with learning difficulties or other academic concerns can often be helped by teachers, mental health professionals, and learning disability psychologists. Our counselor can assist students with learning difficulties by identifying their specific areas and developing specialized learning plans.
IEPs (individualized education programs) are designed to adapt learning strategies and learning strategies to the student's strengths. If a child's needs are not being met in their classroom, they may be moved to a different classroom for part or all of the school day. This allows them to receive specialized instruction and often at an individual level.
It can be hard to cope with learning issues. As a result, children and teens can experience frustration, anger, anxiety, stress, or both. Students may feel frustrated if they do not get high test scores, become angry or stressed when it becomes difficult to understand assignments, and become anxious at the start of each school year.
These emotional issues can compound and worsen the problem. However, our learning disability psychologist may be able to help you talk about your emotional concerns. We can help people understand that learning disabilities are not permanent. There are many ways to support and help them. The child can learn effective coping strategies to deal with the problem and any emotional issues that may result.
We conduct specific intelligence tests to determine whether the child’s intellectual functioning is normal. It aids in excluding borderline intellectual functioning and mild mental retardation, both of which can affect academic performance.
Children with difficulty in motor skills may benefit from occupational therapy. Learning disability counseling helps school-aged children improve their reading, writing, and math skills. Speech therapists can help children with language-based, and reading comprehension problems understand and communicate better in social situations. Play therapy can also help young children develop interaction skills that may be missing in the case of learning difficulties.
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