Going through life with a learning disability can be frustrating and exhausting. Especially for young children who are showing signs that they may be struggling to learn, early detection is crucial to their development. If you suspect that your child may be suffering due to a learning disability, you should seek help from a qualified professional so your child can get the help they deserve.
What Are Learning Disabilities?
Anything that makes it difficult for a person to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to function in a manner that is expected for their age group can be considered a learning disability. Here we explain a few of the most common learning disabilities.
A person with dyslexia struggles in the area of processing language. They will most often have trouble with reading, writing, and spelling, and may:
- Read at a slow rate
- Have trouble with recalling what they just read
- Confuse letter names and sounds
- Struggle to blend sounds into words
When a person has trouble with computation or remembering math facts and/or concepts of time and money, they may have dyscalculia. Their learning difficulties may include:
- Problems with special directions
- Trouble with mental math
- Difficulty learning to count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, etc.
Here, the area of difficulty is in written expression. Handwriting, spelling, and composition can be extremely difficult for someone with dysgraphia and may create the following issues:
- Illegible handwriting
- An inability to easily organize ideas for writing
Difficulties with coordination and manual dexterity are seen in those with dyspraxia. Someone with this learning disability may also have difficulties with using buttons, drawing, or cutting with scissors.
Language Processing Disorder
Primarily affecting expressive language, language processing disorder can create difficulties with understanding what others say.
Signs and Symptoms
Learning disabilities can often be recognized by the signs and symptoms. Although each child is different, here are a few common signs that may indicate your child is suffering from a learning disability.
- Difficulty with paying attention
- Problems with reading or writing
- Trouble following directions
- Problems with math
- Poor memory
- Acting out in school or social settings
- Problems with adapting to change
If your child is having difficulty in school or struggles in social situations, you may be wondering if they have a learning disability. Fortunately, there are several types of tests that can help determine if there is a disability and what specific type may be impacting your child at school, during sports, or in social settings. Some common types of tests are:
- Intelligence tests
- Achievement tests
- Visual-motor integration tests
- Language tests
Here is a list of some common therapies that have been proven effective in treating a multitude of learning disabilities.
Occupational Therapy — Designed to help children with physical disabilities like dysgraphia and dyspraxia by allowing them to practice physical skills to build confidence and improve their ability to function at school and during play.
Educational Therapy — Educational therapy can help children improve in areas in which they struggle like in reading, math, and writing.
Speech Therapy — For children who have trouble speaking, understanding what they hear, or difficulties with other language-based issues, speech therapy can help them learn the skills they need to understand and communicate effectively.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — Especially helpful for kids who struggle with anxiety or depression, CBT looks at how a child’s thoughts are affecting their feelings and behaviors. Through therapy, a child can regain control over their thoughts and learn the skills they need to manage their behavior.
Whether you’re looking for help for your child with a learning disability or you simply think your child may have a learning problem and you want to have them evaluated, you’ve come to the right place. At Novomed Centers, we have the skills and expertise to evaluate your child to determine their individual needs and provide them with the therapy they need to thrive.
For more information about learning disabilities or any of our other services, please call 800-Novomed (800-668 6633) or fill in the appointment form on this page.
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