Video – Learning disabilities in children

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Despite having normal intelligence and receiving proper education, some children need to contend with obstacles to learning. Although challenges are a normal part of any learning process, what happens when they are caused by a learning disability?

Contrary to popular belief, a learning disability IS NOT:

  • ascribable to economic disadvantage, or cultural or linguistic differences
  • the result of insufficient stimulation or inadequate education
  • an intellectual disability, an autism spectrum disorder, or a hearing or vision problem
  • a lack of motivation, willpower or effort

These misconceptions can keep parents from understanding their child’s situation and seeking out the appropriate resources.

The term learning disability actually refers to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, comprehension or processing of verbal or non-verbal information.

Learning difficulties can be temporary and caused by many factors. However, when such difficulties occur frequently, it is recommended that you consult a professional resource to confirm a diagnosis.

The categories of learning disability are:

  • dyslexia
  • dyscalculia
  • dysgraphia
  • dyspraxia
  • auditory processing disorder
  • visual processing disorder

A child with a learning disability will experience various manifestations of it throughout their life, depending on what their environment requires of them, their personal strengths and their needs.

That same child can achieve great things by acquiring proper adaptation skills and strategies.

For optimal support, it is essential that the child be screened early and undergo the relevant evaluations by professionals.

Parents must avoid making their own diagnosis and should not discuss learning disabilities with their child before a diagnosis is confirmed.

For the process to be successful, interventions will need to be set up both at home and at school or daycare. These interventions should take into account the child’s characteristics and the results of the professional evaluation to include various specific measures.

A learning disability can have a major impact on a child’s feeling of competence, self-esteem and success.

That is why it is crucial to have all the information on the child’s situation, to know what resources are available and to implement the necessary support measures as soon as difficulties begin manifesting.

To find out more about this topic, we suggest you read the reference document.

In case of any questions, doubts or a specific need for support, don’t hesitate to contact the specialized support service offered to the eligible individuals.