A learning disability is a problem that affects how a person receives and processes information and has nothing to do with how smart a person is. Between 8 and 10 percent of children under age 18 in the U.S. may have some type of learning disability.
A person with a learning disability may see, hear, or understand things differently, which causes difficulty with things such as reading, writing, mathematics or understanding directions. It’s important to note that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders are not the same as learning disabilities.
Some typical learning disabilities include:
Dyslexia, probably the most well-known and common learning disability. Dyslexia affects how someone processes language, making reading and writing difficult, among other things
Dyspraxia, which affects a person’s motor skills
Dysgraphia, which can result in poor handwriting, trouble spelling and difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
Dyscalculia, which affects a person’s ability to do math including recognizing numbers, counting, solving math problems and memorizing multiplication tables
Auditory processing disorder which affects the ability to read, follow spoken directions and remember things a person has heard
Visual processing disorder, which makes it hard to read or tell the difference between two objects that look similar and is often accompanied by poor hand-eye coordination
What to look for if you suspect your child has a learning disability:
- Lack of enthusiasm for reading or writing
- Trouble memorizing things
- Working at a slow pace
- Trouble following directions
- Trouble staying focused on a task
- Difficulty understanding abstract ideas
- Lack of attention to detail, or too much attention to detail
- Poor social skills
If you think your child may have learning difficulties, start by talking to your pediatrician or teacher about having your child evaluated.
With the right tools, people with learning disabilities can overcome any challenge. Optiminds professionals can help you determine if your child has a learning disability. We’ll design a customized program to help improve your child’s cognitive skills for success in studying, reading, math and more. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.