Learning Disabilities

October 17, 2016

Learning Disability-Dyslexia

Children and adolescents with learning disorders experience difficulty with learning and applying academic skills. One type of learning disability is dyslexia, which is a specific weakness with reading. Some children read at a very slow rate or have difficulty comprehending the material. As humans, we are pre-wired to speak; however, we are not prewired to read. When you read, your brain has to do a lot of things at once. Any break down in the chain of processing can cause difficulties with reading. The brain has to connect letters with sounds, then group the sounds into a word, then connect words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs. Then, after doing that, the brain must remember and comprehend the information.

People with dyslexia have many strengths, and tend to have wonderful skills for abstraction. Some children are able to learn coping strategies to get by, but these strategies can be time-consuming and negatively affect self-esteem. Children can feel sad and frustrated due to their dyslexia. It is better to identify the weakness and get treatment early, as opposed to later. There are pre-reading skills that can be assessed in order to determine if your child may have difficulty with reading. The reading strategies and interventions are quite different after a certain point of brain maturation.

There are many interventions and supports for children with learning disabilities that will facilitate their self-confidence and achievement at school. Many people with dyslexia, who struggled through elementary and high school, (such as Steven Spielberg, Kiera Knightly, Anderson Cooper) went on to go to college and have successful careers. The key is to identify the challenge early, and start with interventions to support your child.


The Twice Exceptional Student

Many gifted and intelligent children also have specific Learning Disabilities (LD). Parenting a twice-exceptional child presents unique challenges in terms of finding ways to address both the gifted and special learning needs of the child adequately. For this particular group of gifted children with a learning disability, it can be hard to find support for both the parent and the child. For example, children with Dyslexia (a reading disability) often feel isolated. They are scared to talk about their challenge, to read in front of the class, to write papers, and they feel embarrassed that it takes them longer than their peers to complete tasks. Some people say that dyslexia is not a real disability, but to the person with dyslexia, it is a constant struggle to read, complete work and assignments, and it is a huge blow to their self-esteem. Adults with dyslexia often consider their dyslexia a gift. The reading disability is a specific weakness within a sea of strengths. People with dyslexia typically have great critical thinking skills and are very creative. Many successful people have dyslexia, such as Agatha Christie (mystery Writer, Playwright), William Yeats (Poet, Nobel Prize winner), Carol Greider (Nobel Prize in Medicine), and Erna Solberg (Prime Minister of Norway).


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  • 8 Tools for Kids with Dysgraphia
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