A learning disability is defined as a permanent problem that affects a person with average to above average intelligence, in the way that he/she receives, stores, and processes information, or in their education process.
There are many misconceptions out there about learning disabilities. For example:
A learning disability will go away in time
Unfortunately, this is not true. The good news is, you can learn ways to get around the problem. For example, children who have trouble taking notes in class, can record the class on audiotape. Other students can make copies of the notes they have taken for them. The teacher can make copies of the notes they are lecturing from. Or, when the notes are written on an overhead transparency during the lecture, they can be copied after class and given to the student.
A child with a learning disability has a low IQ
A child or person with a learning disability has an average or better IQ. There are many people who are very smart, but for some reason, they cannot learn as well as their IQ suggests they should. Unfortunately, because of the negative by-product of a learning disability is often low self-esteem. So remember, the self-esteem issue is as important to deal with as the learning disability itself.
A child or person with a learning disability is just lazy
There has to be a reason why the person with LD doesn’t learn the way he should. Perhaps his brain doesn’t process the information the right way. They may process information much slower than other people. Or they may not process what he sees effectively. Some people can’t process what they hear as well as what they see. Other people can’t remember information unless it’s repeated again and again, and some people have real trouble getting the information out of that filing system they have in their brain. Typically people with learning disabilities work harder than others but with lesser results. It’s not about hard work it’s a learning disability.
A child with a learning disability can’t do anything right
Even though a child may have a learning disability in one or two areas, it doesn’t mean they can’t do anything right.
The important thing is that, if your child has a learning disability, or even if you suspect he might have one, learn everything you can so that you will know what to expect and what not to expect from him as well as from his teachers and his educational program. That way you will be able to understand and help him in the best way possible.
While none of us wishes our child to have a learning disability, if he or she does, recognizing and dealing with that fact is the intelligent approach to take. It’s only when we recognize the truth about our child’s condition, that we can learn how to maximize his or her abilities and minimize their disabilities.