shows that we all think and learn differently. However, some children experience unique difficulties with
spoken language (listening and speaking), written language (reading,
writing, or spelling), arithmetic, memory, or organization.
Children with learning disabilities often have above average or
average intelligence, but struggling to realize their full potential.
difficulties are due to neurological differences in brain structure or
functioning rather than intellectual ability or effort.
A child or
adolescent with a
learning difficulty may try to mask their struggles and use his or
her strengths to compensate. This
is a natural coping strategy and reflects an area of strength.
However, it can also hinder parents and
teachers from recognizing the extent of the learning
problem. Meanwhile, the
child knows something isnï¿½t right and internalizes the struggle.
Over time, certain ï¿½red flagsï¿½ appear, such as: teacher
observations of limited student progress, poor report card grades, low
standardized test scores, complaints about how hard school is, and a
lack of success from participation in a regular school program.
learning disability often have problems that go beyond their struggles
with reading, writing, math, memory, or organization.
The experience of repeated failure in school, constant
promptings to ï¿½try harderï¿½ but limited positive feedback, and
social difficulties making and keeping friends, can impact their
Many experience strong
feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or shame that can lead to psychological difficulties such as anxiety or depression,
loneliness, or behavioral problems such as substance abuse
or juvenile delinquency. These
feelings and problems can be
more devastating than the academic challenges, and
may follow a child into adulthood.
When a child or
a learning difficulty, itï¿½s particularly important to
identify and respond to these limitations, while at the same
time affirming and building on their strengths.
Research shows that the earlier someone receives help for a learning
difficulty, the better the results.
A child or adolescent's learning difficulty impacts the entire
family and social group, and everyone benefits after the young person
receives strategic help and support so they can succeed in school,
peer, and work relationships.
strategies to help a child with a learning disability can include:
a psycho-educational assessment to properly identify your child's
specific learning problems
your childï¿½s strengths so programs can be designed to ensure
they experience success
together with teachers and advocating for the child's needs
setbacks and focusing on the progress your child makes
open and honest with your child rather than shielding them from
the realities of their disability
your child to talk and listen to their experiences
Recognizing their strengths and praising their successes