What Are Learning Disabilities?
Learning Disabilities are disorders of the central nervous system which interfere with one or more of the basic learning functions such as:
- collecting information
- sorting information
- storing information
- expressing information
Some learning disabilities are mild and the child will probably overcome them alone; others are more severe and the child will need extensive specialized help.
What Causes Learning Disabilities?
Some experts believe they are caused by illness or injury during birth, pregnancy or life events. Some learning disabilities are hereditary. Learning disabilities are not caused by defects in sense organs (eyes, ears), emotional troubles, mental retardation, or cultural deprivation.
What School Behaviors Do Learning Disabilities Affect?
Speaking, listening, reading, writing, numbering, and coordination. There may be other problems such a short attention span, poor concentration, and/or frustration.
What Can Parents Do?
If you suspect or child has a learning disability, contact the school principal or your child's teacher.
What Can The School Do To Help Students With Learning Disabilities?
The student may need small group activities, classroom modifications, and/or a special program.
What Can Parents Do To Help Children With Learning Disabilities At Home?
Give the child a quiet area that is free of distractions in order to concentrate on homework. Use consistent discipline, so the child will know what is expected of him/her. Establish regular routines for meals, play, homework, TV, etc. Allow the child to assume responsibility of age appropriate chores.
With encouragement and help a learning disabled child can develop a positive self-image, use his/her strengths to make up for a weakness, and grow into a healthy successful adults.
For further information contact your school psychologist or
Association For Children And Adults With Learning Disabilities
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, P. A. 15234
or use the following link: