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A Modern Way Approach to Guide a Child with Learning Disabilities

Posted Oct 27 2012 1:36am

learning disabilities have life long effectsThe understanding of learning disabilities is a relatively new field. These disorders range from dyslexia and Autism to Attention Deficit Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD. Learning disabilities affect as many as one in five children, and undiagnosed, these learning difficulties can have life-long impacts on a child's ability to fit into a society full of complex rituals and norms.

Help your child now , by learning to recognize the symptoms and signs of a learning disability and equipping yourself as a teacher or parent to help the child overcome his or her struggles to learn. It is widely known that a learning disability can be taught to and overcome, giving children the chance to lead productive lives and to learn along with their peers through every stage of life.

Some disabilities are more challenging to teach to, and may require professional help. These difficulties may arise from Autism and its milder forms such as Asperger's Syndrome. Children afflicted with these disorders will find it difficult not only to learn in a traditional environment, but they will struggle to develop relationships, instead to isolating themselves. In an isolated environment the child retreats further from a productive life, becoming angry and defeated.

Fortunately, even autism can be taught to, and those with the syndrome can learn to function---to varying degrees---in the world where they live. Though these children will require the aide of professionally trained teachers, family members such as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles may employ many of the basic skills of teaching to any developmental disability. Intentional guidance is key to successful learning environments.

Often, multi-modal learning is the best practice. It may be used on any child who struggles in a traditional environment. Multi-modal learning requires a teacher or parent to engage the child with aural, visual, kinaesthetic (also known as hands on), social, logical and solitary learning concurrently.

Each child will have a learning preference, and this, whether visual, logical or otherwise should be utilized. However, to help the child succeed, a single style should never become the only style utilized. Focusing on the child's weaknesses---a dyslexic child will struggle with visual learning---the teacher or parent should strive to support learning by combining underdeveloped areas with strong points. A dyslexic child will likely thrive in an aural learning environment, and so a teacher might use multiple modes by asking the child to read a text out loud. Similar methods can be applied to each child's needs and these functions will assist in keeping a child at pace with his or her peers.

(Byline: Jody J. Sperling)

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