What are the 7 best natural ways to help learning disabilities? That is the sixty four thousand dollar question as everyone learns in a different way. It was Erin Brockovich who pointed out that she had problems with written tests at school. When she was asked the questions orally, she passed with flying colors! The moral of this story is that teachers need to take this on board when assessing students. Parents and education authorities should be aware of this too.
How can we help with learning disabilities?
Before we look at the 7 natural ways to help learning disabilities, let us look at what our overall aims should be. Once we have discovered just what is blocking the learning process, we should then think of ways that can give the child :
- Specific coping skills so that learning becomes more efficient
- Ways to build self esteem
- Show the child new ways to approach a learning task
- Co-ordinated help when both parents and teachers are working in tandem to resolve the learning issues. An IEP (individualized educational plan) may have to be worked out with the school.
Here then are the 7 best natural ways to help learning disabilities
- Identifying the problem. The best way to do this is through an IQ test. That will not only give us a score but much more importantly, help identify the areas where the actual processing and storing of information is defective. We may be able to identify such problems as dyslexia where the child has trouble with the ordering of letters and words. That can lead to problems with reading , spelling and even distinguishing right from left. Another learning disability might be dysgraphia where the student can read perfectly well but when it comes to writing, there are problems in fitting letters and words into a confined space. It is well known that up to 70% of children with ADHD also have a learning disorder of one kind or another.
- Ruling out visual and hearing problems. Make sure that any vision problems and issues with deafness are ruled out by having these checked. Very often, these are the root cause. In many cases , there are no learning disabilities at all.
- Discover your child’s learning style. Some kids learn better by actually touching, love hands on stuff and adore field trips. These are kinaesthetic learners. Visual learners tend to do better when material is presented in pictures, infographics, flashcards, maps and charts or any type of written text. They do well on reading and spelling. Auditory learners do better when listening and can thrive on reading aloud notes.Some learners have a mixture of styles but often one style predominates and this can help us when presenting material in a different way or in alternative form. Make sure you are liaising with the child’s teachers so that you can share progress and problem areas.
- Discover games that can help with your child’s learning disability. There are lot of games which practise spelling, reading and math calculations. When these are done with running or some other physical activity, they will be even more beneficial.
- Concentrate on strengths, not weaknesses. The child will often excel at several things and we should build on these for increasing self-esteem . We should try not to concentrate too much on the weaknesses.
- Learn about how lifestyle and diet can help. There are hundreds of experiments which have shown that a healthier diet actually does aid better learning. We know that a diet with complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, protein and less sugar and salt can boost memory and aid learning. Also, proper sleep and exercise will be beneficial. Bach floral remedies which contain clematis, impatiens and chestnut can help. Herbal remedies containing California poppy, catnip, gingko biloba and grapeseed extract can all improve the learning process.
- Talk to your child. Asking the child about what problems she has, how she is progressing and above all what she needs most is of paramount importance. Parents are in the front line. Many teachers are too busy and stressed out to notice individual needs or problem areas. Do you, the parent, know what these are?
Robert Locke MBE is a health enthusiast specializing in children’s health and has written extensively on ADHD, parenting, mental health, anxiety and depression. You can discover more about parenting and the 7 best natural ways to help learning disabilities by visiting Problem Kids Blog. There are several more tips there in addition to these 5 best ways to improve your grades before the end of the school year.
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