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[...] it is very important for parents and school personnel to help prepare children with learning disabilities to be successful not only now in school but also later in life. [...] a learning disability need not define who your child is but can be just one of many things that come together to make him a unique and outstanding individual.
When Learning is the Problem By Tracy Anglada Few children would choose an • Gathering information from the keeping friends, getting along with afternoon of instruction in the senses siblings and understanding tasks classroom over an afternoon at • Accurately processing that at home. Because children do not the playground. While school may information grow out of learning disabilities, not be a favorite pastime—and all • Comparing this information to these difficulties generally follow children have difficulty in school previously held knowledge them into adulthood. from time to time—most children • Discarding irrelevant informa- are able to navigate the school tion It may be difficult for these adults environment with little difficulty. • Organizing the information to get along with coworkers, un- They travel from grade to grade • Storing the information derstand tasks at work and main- meeting appropriate milestones. • Accessing this information at tain relationships. Thus it is very For the most part it seems their a later time important for parents and school learning comes naturally. • Demonstrating by perfor- personnel to help prepare children mance that the information with learning disabilities to be There are, however, a group of successful not only now in school was understood children for whom school is a but also later in life. Given the painful experience. Despite be- Most of us take this complex pro- right tools for success these “out ing of normal or above average cess for granted. But when one of the box” learners may turn out intelligence, they just can’t seem or more of these processes goes to be individuals whose different to grasp certain concepts or dem- awry, learning is interrupted. This way of thinking helps them solve onstrate what they know. is, in effect, what happens to peo- problems and become leaders in ple with learning disabilities. One a given field later in life. In the “old” days of school these or more of these processes goes were the children who would have Types of Learning off course. This doesn’t mean that red knuckles from rulers being slapped—and sometimes broken— children with learning disabilities Disabilities can’t learn but it does mean that There are many types of learning over their hands. While this did they may need to learn in a dif- disabilities, depending on what little to change their difficulties in ferent manner than their peers or part of the learning process goes school, it did manage to leave per- demonstrate their knowledge in a wrong. An individual can have manent scars in their self-esteem. different way. one learning disability or a com- Greater awareness of learning dis- bination of learning disabilities. abilities and appropriate interven- For example, a child with a learn- In addition, children with learning tions has changed the way these ing disability may need a more disabilities frequently have other children receive an education and “hands on” approach to learning co-morbid conditions such as at- provides them with a more posi- experiences. He may need to tention deficit disorders, sensory tive school experience. demonstrate mastery of a subject integration dysfunction and mood through verbal answers versus a disorders. There are varying de- What is a Learning pencil-and-paper task. It doesn’t grees of impairment depending on Disability? mean the information wasn’t the individual. A learning disability should not learned or needed to be watered be confused with a lack of intel- down. It simply means that the Children with auditory processing ligence nor should it be thought student needs to demonstrate his disorder have problems process- of as a roadblock to success. A
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