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What are learning Disabilities?

Posted by Matthew on 11th June and posted in Uncategorized

When a child first gets diagnosed with a learning disability it may seem scary and like a mountain ahead of you and the child involved. However learning disabilities has got nothing to do with the intelligence of a child. A child can be highly intelligent and have learning disabilities. It is problems affecting a student’s brain’s ability to store, receive, analyse and process information. Learning disabled students are more difficult than those without learning disabilities and specialized personnel and schools are there for children and students with learning disabilities.
There are several types of learning disabilities and usually affected students have more than one kind of disability. A learning disability can for example interfere with a student’s ability to focus or concentrate and their minds always wander. Other learning disabilities make it difficult for students to spell, write, read or solve mathematical problems.
A brain is extremely complex and the manner in which a brain process information is just as complex and therefor it is easy for a brain to find it difficult to process certain things. The problem with identifying learning disabilities is in the fact that it is not something you pick up when looking at a person.
Learning disabilities can only be recognised when a child goes to school and struggles to read, write, do maths, and communicate with teachers or paying attention. Often a child may have speech problems, which may also result in learning disabilities, but it may also be that the child only has a problem with speech and nothing else.
The other problem in diagnosing learning disabilities is the fact that many students have an uncanny way of hiding a learning disability and in fact can keep it hidden in early years of schooling and studies and only in later years when work is a lot more complicated it will come to the foreground.

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