What to do with a learning disability?
A learning disability can show up in your child in many ways. It is therefore often difficult to say exactly which learning disability is present or even if it is. Often one does not want to admit the child’s learning disability or is afraid of the pressure that a possible learning therapy could put on the child. We would like to take away these concerns and provide you with basic knowledge about learning disabilities with this article.
forms of learning disabilities
Learning disabilities come in many forms and manifestations. Some are temporary, some are permanent, some are specific to one performance area, and some are all-learning. Learning disabilities can range from mild to severe. In principle, children who do not achieve the learning goal in class are considered to be “learning-weak”.
Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia
One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia, also known as dyslexia. It manifests itself above all in the consistent misspelling of words that have already been practiced for weeks.
Dyslexia is fatal later in school. Because it usually not only refers to the problem of misspelling words, it also hinders the comprehension and understanding of texts. A school success is difficult to achieve.
How to recognize dyslexia:
- slow, halting reading even in the 3rd grade
- Difficulty reading comprehension
- Lots of spelling mistakes despite multiple repetitions
- Reluctant behavior to read and/or write
Learning Disability: Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia is a math problem. It shows up very early because the child generally has a hard time understanding that numbers make up sets. This understanding is the basis for all arithmetic. Most children with dyscalculia have no problems in other school subjects. You should therefore look out for the following symptoms:
- Your child often miscounts by 1
- Count instead of calculating
- Errors in all basic arithmetic operations
- Difficulty jumping tens and hundreds
- Poor spatial position perception (right, left, up, down)
Learning Disabilities: Poor concentration
Our hectic everyday life and the consumption of media around the clock makes it difficult for children to concentrate on individual things. Therefore, following a teacher for 45 or 50 minutes presents too much of a challenge for children with poor concentration. Unfortunately, this symptom is almost normal and teachers no longer pay any attention to it. However, there are also children who cannot control their attention at all and react impulsively to any distraction. They cannot focus on longer content and switch off completely, behave extremely restlessly or turn to other stimuli. You can recognize a real lack of concentration by the following characteristics:
- Your child only listens for a short time.
- It cannot remember several orders in a row.
- Restless and impulsive behavior
- Your child seems dreamy and switches off during a conversation.
- Your child starts many tasks but does not complete any
Learning Disabilities = Not Intelligent Child?
No! A learning disability does not mean that your child is not intelligent, or even stupid! Highly intelligent children can have learning disabilities in some areas, which is not uncommon. If children have problems at school, it does not necessarily mean that they have a learning disability. The social environment, pressure of expectations or fear of school can lead to learning blockades, which are mistaken for learning disabilities in children. Difficulties in learning usually pass once the cause is found and eliminated.
Identify learning disabilities early
If you think it’s possible that your child has a learning disability, your first route should be to your child’s teacher. He can better assess the learning behavior of your offspring and advise you whether, in his opinion, it is really a learning disability or just a temporary phase. The school and your pediatrician can refer you to certain child and youth therapists. These experts then perform appropriate tests to make a diagnosis.
You can now also find many tests to determine a learning disability online. You can take these as clues, but you should leave the diagnosis to an expert.
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