LEARNING DIFFICULTIES IN CHILDREN
Learning difficulties are increasingly becoming a huge concern for parents.
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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.
Sadly, parents and caregivers are unaware what to do and where to go to. They spend a lot of money, resources and time in taking medical intervention. But the situation does not see a change.
Normally, this sort of learning difficulty is identified by the parent and the teacher at pre-school levels, but both parties keep quite thinking things will be alright with time. If timely intervention and discussion with people knowledgeable is done, then the issues could be handled positively. Life is precious and every child is an asset. Therefore, take care of your child’s future by seeking proper consultation.
A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone and where you can find support.
A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have difficulty:
- understanding new or complex information
- learning new skills
- coping independently
Severity of learning disability
A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe.
Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves but may need a bit longer than usual to learn new skills. Other people may not be able to communicate at all and have other disabilities as well.
Some adults with a learning disability are able to live independently, while others need help with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, for their whole lives. It depends on the person’s abilities and the level of care and support they receive.
Children and young people with a learning disability may also have special educational needs (SEN).
Support for learning disabilities and family carers
Some learning disabilities are diagnosed at birth, such as Down’s syndrome. Others might not be discovered until the child is old enough to talk or walk.
Once your child is diagnosed with a learning disability, your GP can refer you for any specialist support you may need.
You’ll begin to get to know the team of professionals who will be involved in your or your child’s care.
The right support from professionals – such as GPs, paediatricians (doctors who specialise in treating children), speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, educational and clinical psychologists and social care – helps people with a learning disability live as full and independent a life as possible.
What causes learning disabilities?
A learning disability happens when a person’s brain development is affected, either before they’re born, during their birth or in early childhood.
This can be caused by things such as:
- the mother becoming ill in pregnancy
- problems during the birth that stop enough oxygen getting to the brain
- the unborn baby inheriting certain genes from its parents that make having a learning disability more likely – known as inherited learning disability
- illness, such as meningitis, or injury in early childhood
- Sometimes there’s no known cause for a learning disability.
Some conditions are associated with having a learning disability because people with these conditions are more likely to have one. For example, everyone with Down’s syndrome has some kind of learning disability, and so do many people with cerebral palsy.
People with autism may also have learning disabilities, and around 30% of people with epilepsy have a learning disability.