The idea of a learning disability is not a particularly new one. If you’re in your thirties or forties now, chances are you went to school with someone who had dyslexia. Its arithmetical equivalent, dyscalculia, is less well-known but also recognized by doctors.
On the other hand, you may well know, or be, someone who didn’t get along at school but was far from stupid. We all know that one person who repeatedly forgot to turn in homework, or misinterpreted instructions from teachers.
Often, this led to them unfairly being tagged as lazy or disruptive. If your child is having issues like these, then there may be more that can be done for them if you know where to look. Things that turn up in school reports time and again may be less a cause for disappointment, and more a hint to a solution.
If Your Child … Always Forgets Their Homework
Our understanding of non-physical impairments may still be less than perfect. Without a doubt, though, it has come on in leaps and bounds even in the last couple of decades. Less severe cases can be managed by parent-teacher co-operation. Kids with greater challenges may benefit from a school for learning disability.
Many parents and teachers of the 1980s and 90s may have refused to believe a child who said they “forgot” to do their homework. It would have been blamed on laziness. Now, however, we know a lot more about Attention Deficit Disorder and its effects on children. If the phrase “mind like a sieve” has ever been used to describe your child, it may be worth exploring this avenue.
If Your Child … Is Withdrawn In Group Learning
One thing that unites a number of learning difficulties is that they are often dismissed as personality traits. While the child with ADHD may be seen as lazy, other kids are often referred to as “shy” or “timid.” This shows itself in their seeming reluctance to join in a group activity.
What may actually be behind this is that a child is dealing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yes, the word “autism” may make some parents recoil in concern, but as many as one in every 68 US children has been diagnosed with an ASD. Given that the issue is diagnosed on a spectrum, it is a certainty that other kids have it without official diagnosis. Speak to your family doctor if you are concerned.
If Your Child … Is Overly Logical
We all recognize logic as a good thing, by and large. Detectives depend on it to solve cases, and it is essential for problem-solving. But as kids grow older, their learning begins to center around inference and reasoning. Some children have difficulties with this, as they tend to stick rigidly to what logic tells them. This can present issues with reading comprehension and creative writing.
If this sounds like your child, they may have a Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Other signs of the condition include poor spatial awareness and an absence of fine motor skills. You may notice this in their inability to paint or poor handwriting. Treatment is strictly non-medication based, and will usually take the form of occupational therapy.
The main thing for a parent to bear in mind if they are concerned about a learning disability is that they can be managed. With early detection and the right treatment, their effects can be more or less eliminated by adulthood. Don’t worry, and don’t get angry with your child – there are solutions out there.