Saturday, April 13, 2019

L - Learning Disorders #AtoZ #MentalHealthAwareness

Learning disabilities have nothing to do with how smart a person is. Rather, a person with a learning disability may just see, hear, or understand things differently.

Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math.  

They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.  It is important to realize that learning disabilities can affect an individual’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships with family, friends and in the workplace.

Learning disabilities can be lifelong conditions that can affect one's experience at school or work or in social situations. Multiple learning disabilities overlap in some people.
While the causes of learning disabilities are not fully understood, a number of risk factors have been identified.

Some children with learning disabilities have difficulty following social conventions (e.g. taking turns, standing too close to the listener, not understanding jokes); these difficulties are often components of mild autism spectrum disorders as well.

Short attention span, motor restlessness, fine motor problems (e.g. poor printing and copying), and variability in performance and behavior over time are other early signs.

Difficulties with impulse control, non–goal-directed behavior and over-activity, discipline problems, aggressiveness, withdrawal and avoidance behavior, excessive shyness, and excessive fear may occur.

Specific learning disorder seems to run in families. Individuals are more likely to have such a disorder if a first-degree relative such as a parent or sibling has one. Other factors that may increase one's risk for a learning disability include premature birth, very low birth weight, the use of nicotine, alcohol, or drugs during pregnancy, and severe deficits in nutrition or exposure to lead in infancy.

Some specific categories of learning disabilities include:
  • ·         Dyslexia, which causes difficulties with word recognition, spelling, and comprehension
  • ·         Dysgraphia, which results in impaired handwriting, impaired spelling, or both
  • ·         Dyscalculia, which affects the ability to learn arithmetic and mathematics
  • ·         Nonverbal Learning Disorder, marked by trouble receiving and interpreting nonverbal forms of communication such as body language and facial expressions
  • ·         Apraxia of speech, which involves difficulty saying what one intends to say
  • ·         Central Auditory Processing Disorder, which involves difficulty with recognizing and interpreting sounds

Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties. 

While every kid has trouble with academics from time to time, if a certain area of learning is consistently problematic, it might indicate a learning disorder. By understanding about learning disabilities, a parent can ensure that the child gets the right help to overcome classroom challenges and succeeds in life.

DISCLAIMER: All the information being provided her has been sourced from the internet and books and some also via personal experiences. It has no medical authentication per se so suggestions if followed must be done in consultation with a trained mental health professional.


This post is a part of April Blogging from A To Z Challenge
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  1. Early detection is a key factor here . The child needs a lot of moral support during that period as he will start to feel left behind compared to his peers and usually be put down by his teachers who like everyone else would be unaware of his underlying condition.

    1. That's so true Roshan however sadly so many teachers are unaware of these and hence offer little help or support.

  2. Awareness about these illness is required.Very informative..!

  3. Very informative post. Raising awareness about these disorders is important. Movies - like Tare Zameen Pe - also play an important part in raising awareness.

  4. Very informative post. I used to work in a school that took in children with dyslexia. They had two counsellors to guide the kids as well as their parents, to understand the issue better. It was truly an eye opener for me

    1. That's wonderful,we need more schools like that

  5. I have seen some parents who were unable to mark that their children are suffering from this disability, being an outsider i recognized it observing those children spending much lesser time than their parents, difficulty is if you inform someone that their child is suffering from it then they will take it otherwise until you are the teacher of those child.
    Good to see you have discussed this issue.

  6. Yes professional help must be sought,thanks

  7. Very important post. Lots of awareness is needed for these learning disabilities. There are many parents who are unaware of and leave their child in normal schools and they fall behind.

  8. Very informative posts about different aspects of learning disorders. This problem is there more and more today or may be it is now recognised openly.Better to accept it than to shy away from it. CBSE too now recognises this and deals with such children by providing help in different matters.

  9. I really liked your post. It's important to remove the social stigma around learning disorders, so every can achieve their highest potential.

  10. Learning disabilities don't go away when children grow up. They are still there, and they affect self-esteem, especially for people who received late diagnoses. I have experienced that first hand. After years of believing that I was incredibly stupid, I was diagnosed at the age of 35 with central auditory processing disorder. I have found out that i learn differently than other people, but I am definitely capable of learning.

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