In regards to having a learning disability –
The International Dyslexia Association research states that 74% of students who are poor readers in 3rd grade remain poor readers in the 9th grade. Many still don’t read well even as adults. However, it is never too late for individuals with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, or dyslexia to learn to read, process, and express information more efficiently. I have seen it first-hand. Even 50 year olds can improve their skills. In fact, those adults that have had strokes have been able to regain some of their cognitive abilities once they knew exactly what the underlying areas were that the stroke impacted.
Knowing how to identify and work with your student’s learning problems is important because if they go unidentified and unaddressed, students may spend their school years either feeling stupid, struggling with their schoolwork, or disliking school. They may feel that their work is never going to be good enough so they stop trying. They may seem to stare off into space, not attending to your instruction. They may constantly interrupt the class. Ultimately, they may not be able to get into the college of their choice or get the job of their choice.
The Most Common type of Learning Disability: Language Learning Disability
Language learning disabilities are disorders that affect one’s ability to either interpret what is seen and heard or link information coming from different parts of the brain.
Problems with linking information throughout the brain can show up in a variety of ways. There can be specific difficulties with spoken and written language, coordination, self-control, or attention. Such difficulties extend to schoolwork and can impede learning to read, write, or do math.
How We Learn
The best way to talk about learning disabilities is to talk about learning. We learn 3 ways, by seeing (visual processing), hearing, and (auditory processing) and doing (tactile/kinesthetic processing). Within each of these 3 categories there are 9 sub-categories of processing.
Typically when one is struggling with learning reading, writing, or math it is due to one or more of these sub-categories of processing not working as efficiently as they could, should, and can. These skills are all learned and can easily be improved.
There is an easy way for you as a parent or teacher to find out if your child has learning problems, dyslexia, or learning disabilities. Using the informal assessment, the Learning Disability Screening Tool, gives you the ability to identify the underlying causes of learning problems. With the knowledge about your child’s learning problems, you become the ‘expert’ on your child. You will know what has been holding your child back. You can now be pro-active and address your child’s learning difficulties, learning disabilities, or dyslexia.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a LD Specialist. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, & address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s books, games, and guides. Overcome learning a learning disability by visiting HERE.