CHILD LEARNING DISABILITIES

If your child has a diagnosed pr suspected learning disability, there are probably lots of things you’d to like to know about it. Here are some about learning disabilities.

WHAT ARE SOME EARLY SIGNS THAT CHILD MIGHT HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITIES:

Early signs of possible learning disabilities include difficulty with language, such as rhyming, or difficulty working with smaller sounds inside words, such as identifying the ‘k’ sound in the middle of ‘monkey’. Children might also have difficulty remembering list of words, numbers, letters or concepts, such as a list of instructions you give all in one go. Child might also ongoing and significant problems with reading, spelling and maths.

AT WHAT AGE DOES LEARNING DISABILITY START TO SHOW:

Learning disabilities can usually be diagnosed by the time child is 7-8 years old. Early signs of learning disabilities are often picked up in the first two years of school.

WHAT SHOULD DO IF CHILD HAS A LEARNING DISABILITIES:

If child has ongoing and significant problems with the reading, spelling and maths –even if child has had a good start to his Education – it might be useful to get a learning disabilities assessment. It’s a good idea to talk child’s teachers as a first step. And talk to a health care professional such as a speech pathologist or psychologist about a formal assessment.

LEARNING DISABILITIES RUN IN FAMILIES:

Learning disabilities can run in families. This means that parents, siblings, uncles and aunts might have similar problems to child in regards to their reading, spelling or maths skills. If other members of family have managed their learning disability in an active and effective way, they can be great role models for child.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES OFTEN GIFTED:

People who have learning disabilities aren’t more likely to be gifted than other people. But learning disabilities happen to people with all sorts of abilities. Within the large group people who have learning disabilities, there are some who are gifted in different ways. For example, some have mechanical, academic, sporting and creative abilities.
Boys and girls are equally likely to have learning disabilities.

CHILD WRITES LETTER BACK TO FRONT MEANS CHILD HAS DYSLEXIA:

Writing letters back to front in the early years is a normal developmental stage. It’s not always a sign of dyslexia. But it might be a concern if a child continues to reverse letters and numbers in the middle and later years of primary school.

CHILD HAS TROUBLE READING HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY:

On its own, trouble with reading doesn’t mean that a child definitely has a learning disability. There can be lots of reason why a child has trouble reading, including a lack of opportunity to learn to read, or hearing or vision problems.

A LEARNING DISABILITY BE ‘CURED’:

Learning disabilities are rarely entirely cured. But with time and support, many people with learning disabilities learn to improve their skills. The earlier the child gets expert help, the better the child’s chance to making good progress.
People with learning disabilities often manage well, particularly those who have learning disabilities that affect reading. It can sometimes be harder to improve spelling and math skills, especially those that involve learning lists and tables of information. But there are ways around this, such as using specially designed predictive typing software.

USING A COMPUTER HELP:

Computers can help children who have learning disabilities. There are different types of software that can help with word prediction, spell-checking, and changing text to speech and speech to text. These software programs can help children get information without needing to read printed pages. They can also help child with writing.
Literacy and maths software can get child motivated about learning and reinforce what child learns at school.

THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES:

1.are self-aware – they know about their learning disability but don’t define themselves by it. They define themselves by their strengths.

2. Ask for help and know where and when to do so.

3. Have clear goals.

4. are flexible and creative in finding ways around the difficulties of having a learning disability.

5. Keep trying, even when things are difficult.

6. Have good coping strategies to deal with emotions such as frustration.

7. are ready to take control when faced with challenges.

8. Respond to problems by coming up with solutions, rather than being passive and getting angry.


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