Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is the inability of the brain to process and learn information the way it is typically presented. Information presented in a different manner would not necessarily expose a learning disability - thus learning disabilities do not have to stifle creativity or output. (Check out this article to see a clinical learning disabilities definition ). The causes of learning disabilities vary from genetics to brain injuries, but are much less important than the solutions.
Everyone finds it difficult to learn when information is presented only one way. For instance some people are visual learners, while others do better hearing information. If teachers were silent and only used flash cards during class, the list of learning disabilities would grow by leaps and bounds. Few would succeed in class if information were only presented visually. Unfortunately, students with these disabilities do have difficulty learning because the information is not presented to them the way their brains learn.
Learning disabilities discussions typically includes reference the most prominent and discussed types such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Nevertheless, there are many types all differentiated by small nuances in the brain. Some are auditory, some visual while others involve the connection between learning something and then being able to reproduce what's been learned.
Learning disabilities statistics
are a reflection of the way children are typically taught, thus the way information is typically presented. Statistics inside the home schooling community are quite different since home school teachers can more easily adapt to the way students learn and process information. Testing for learning disabilities is the first step to understand how the students brain works thus enabling the student to adapt to the learning and gives the instructor a path to present the information.
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Types of Learning Disabilities

There are 4 types of learning disabilities, which probably seems odd since there are so many big words describing them. Since learning disabilities are problems associated with the way the brain processes information, there really can only be four types of learning disabilities.

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Learning Disabilities Definition (the clinical one)

According to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition, the official learning disabilities definition is as follows:

    “Learning Disorders are diagnosed when the individual’s achievement on individually administered standardized tests in reading, mathematics, or written express is substantially below that expected for age, schooling, and level of intelligence. The learning problems significantly interfere with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require reading, mathematical, or writing skills.” [Read more…]

Child Learning Disabilities

If you suspect your child’s school difficulties may be caused by child learning disabilities, consult your child’s teacher, school counselor, school social worker, school psychologist or principal for advice, or ask to have your child evaluated by the school. If this process seems daunting to you, call us and let us help you better understand the process as a whole. [Read more…]

Testing for Learning Disabilities

Testing for learning disabilities is important when, no matter how hard they try, your kids don’t get that A+ they wanted.  School success seems impossible. Sometimes they need to undergo testing for learning disabilities. Learning disabilities are serious and need to be addressed or your child’s difficulties in school may never be solved.

But how do you know if your child’s problems stem from a learning disability or something else? When Andrew struggles with the multiplication tables, it could be a symptom of a much bigger issue which hours of math-drill won’t solve.  Keep reading to find out more about learning disabilities testing! [Read more…]

Does Your Child Have a Learning Disability? Three Tips for Parents

When kids are forgetful and disorganized and have to use all their resources to survive each day, they may have a learning disability. Unless teachers and parents understand how difficult it is for such children, they won’t be able to relate to them.

Here’s what 12-year-old Joey explained to me: “Those teachers are losin’ it. They get nuts if you forget a pencil! I’m talkin’ about a pencil! I have to remember which room to go to each period, how to get there, what book I need, if I have my homework, if I can get to the bathroom in those few minutes, and if it’s A, B, C or D day, and they want me to remember a pencil too?” For more information about diagnosing a learning disability, keep reading! [Read more…]