Do you have a learning disability? Do you know someone who has a learning disability? Learning disabilities can make it hard for a child to focus in school or even for an adult to focus at work. For some people like myself, we have trouble comprehending things we read sometimes. This means that if we don’t understand something that we’re reading then we should ask questions in order to make it clear to us.
What are learning disabilities?
So, what exactly are learning disabilities? They 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’s 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.
The signs and symptoms of learning disabilities are often diagnosed during school years due to difficulties with reading, writing and/or math. However, there are some individuals who do not receive an evaluation until they are in post-secondary education or adults in the workforce. Other individuals with learning disabilities may never receive an evaluation and go through life, never knowing why they have difficulties with academics and why they may be having problems in their jobs or in relationships with family and friends. Learning disabilities should not be confused with learning problems which are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps; of intellectual disability; of emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural or economic disadvantages.
In general, those with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence. There often appears to be a gap between the individual’s potential and actual achievement. This is often why learning disabilities are referred to as “hidden disabilities.” The person will look perfectly “normal” and seem to be very bright and intelligent, yet may be unable to demonstrate the skill level expected from someone of similar age. Al learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it’s a lifelong challenge. However, with appropriate support and intervention, those who have a learning disability can achieve success in school, at work, in relationships, and in the community.
How many learning disabilities are there?
So, how many learning disabilities are known as of today? There are a number of learning disabilities known today. I will list a few of those learning disabilities here for you to read: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, and Language Processing Disorder are among the many learning disabilities. If you would like to read more about the different types of learning disabilities you may do so here: https://ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/.
Does your child have trouble concentrating? Do you have trouble concentrating? Sometimes this could be the result of a learning disability. If you suspect that you or your child may have a learning disability talk to your doctor. Your doctor would be the person to help diagnose you or your child with a learning disability.
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of ADD or ADHD then there are medications to help with that. You need to talk with your doctor and get on the proper medications. Your doctor will be the one to diagnose and treat you for ADD or ADHD. If you don’t have a good support system at home then feel free to reach out to those who do support you. Sometimes just having a friend to explain things to you is helpful.
For me, I had to have a lot of help understanding readings. I also had to have a lot of help in math. Math was my worst subject in school. I was also never very good with writing as far as making sense with my writings. Over the years I have learned to do writings to make sense to others.
You will find that learning disabilities are sometimes hard to cope with. You also will find that sometimes they are easy to cope with. It really depends on the learning disability that you have. For me it was easy to cope with because I always had people willing to help me.