Neurological disorders give rise to learning disabilities and this can have an effect on the individual's social and intellectual development. Sometimes, children with learning disabilities are smarter than children of their own age, but have difficulty in listening, writing, thinking, spelling, reading to name a few. The learning process for someone with a learning disability is more difficult and also different. However, parents should not despair as many famous people had learning disabilities, for example, Walt Disney had trouble reading all his life, Albert Einstein was unable to read till he was about nine years old and the famous actor Whoopi Goldberg also has a learning disability.
Learning Disabilities can be severe or they can be mild or even moderate. Sometimes learning disabilities are hereditary, that is, if your parents or grandparents have one, then the chances of you having the same is high. Learning disabilities are permanent and cannot be cured. However, today with so much expertise in this field it is much easier to get help than in the good old days.
Some individuals who suffer from a mild learning disability may not need a lot of help in their lives. Individuals with severe learning disability on the other hand will need help every step of the way from the basics of even getting dressed, filling out a form or even going shopping. Some individuals with learning disabilities tend to have some sort of physical disability as well; these people would generally require a lot of support and assistance round the clock.
Detecting that an individual has a learning problem may not always be that straightforward. However, if a child has a language and speech problem this may be an indication of a learning disability.
Individuals with language and speech problems may have any of the following:
Difficulty in making speech sounds, like the word "swim" would be pronounced as "thwim", or may find it difficult in controlling their rate of speech. These can be corrected successfully by speech therapy.
Difficulty in expressing themselves when speaking.
Difficulty in understanding someone when they speak.
A few facts about learning disabilities:
Learning disabilities are hereditary.
Learning disabilities are in a category by itself and should not be confused with such disorders as deafness, blindness and retardation as none of these mentioned disorders are learning disabilities.
According to statistics, in America, one in seven individuals has a learning disability.
A learning disability and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can occur at the same time, but these two disorders are completely different.
The commonest type of learning disability is a problem with reading and language.
Some of the following may indicate that your child could be possibly having a learning disability, but until you have your child evaluated by a professional it is difficult to say for certain.
Is reading more difficult for your child than it should be?
Does your child struggle in school?
Should your child be getting better grades than he/she is actually getting?
Does your child think one thing but write something completely different?
Are there spelling errors and other errors in your child's writing?
Is mathematics a problem for your child?
Is writing a problem for your child and is she/he slow in writing?
Are your child's organizational skills up to the mark?
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