Learning disabilities are based in the mind, or more specifically in the brain. A child with a learning disability will have a low level of ability and one or more areas such as reading, spelling, writing and doing maths, when his educational opportunities, age and other abilities are taken into account.
Sometimes called as ‘ Specific Learning Disabilities’ or ‘Learning Difficulties’ or even ‘Dyslexia’ which is a specific learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR?
- Dislike reading and/or find reading hard
- Have lots of trouble spelling common words
- Find it hard to spot the sounds and syllables in words
- Tell you lots of interesting ideas but find writing them down slow and difficult.
- Not feel very confident about schoolwork
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
- Rather than placing emphasis on academic skills, show that we like respect, and value who our child is
- Take initiative in school system to help create a learning community that respects the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. Use the suggestions below and work with child’s team to ensure that the educational environment meets his needs.
- Students with learning disabilities who are also gifted have unique needs. These twice-expectation kids understand far more than their mainstream peers, yet they may have trouble spelling simple words, tying their shoes, or remembering to bring home their text books.