A child learns to read, spell and write words and
sentences at a given pace. This means that there are several developmental
milestones that a child reaches gradually as she or he grows up. You get to
know that a child is having learning based disability when you notice that the
child is not really matching up to what he should have learnt at his given age.
It is also important for parents to understand this point that every child
learns at his own pace and nothing should be viewed as a hard and fast rule.
of Learning Disability
If the learning
disability is specified to reading, it is known as dyslexia.
Children who have learning disability are also found to have speaking problems
or speech problems as well. This is due to the fact that there is a direct
relationship between the written and spoken language. Usually a child suffering
from dyslexia finds it extremely difficult to read the written or the printed
word. And if this dyslexia is a part of the larger learning disability, find it
hard to deal with both the written or spoken word.
are a Few Observations that Can Act as Pointers:
Child Cannot Express Ideas Clearly
Their feeling is like they have the words at the tip
of the tongue
but they just wont come out in the form or at all, when they want to.
Communication becomes vague as the child is prone to use words like â€˜thingâ€™ or
â€˜stuffâ€™ to replace words that they are unable to remember. They also use a lot
of fillers like â€˜aaaâ€™ or â€˜ummâ€™ as they try to remember the word.
Find it Difficult to Learn New Vocabulary, Numbers and Letters
Things that are taught in classrooms, words or
numbers that the teacher writes on the board or the writing on the text books
are difficult for them to understand. This is why they also cannot recall the
numbers in proper sequence. They cannot remember telephone numbers. They find
it difficult to learn the alphabet and numbers. Likewise they also cannot learn
the words of a song or the lyrics of a rhyme.
do not readily understand questions or follow directions. While the
directions can be precise or the questions can be clear, but still they
find them confusing.
a story is read out to them, they cannot retain the details of the
story-line or characters in their memory. Similarly they do not remember
or understand whatever the teacher says in the classroom.
cannot understand that a particular sound corresponds to a certain letter
and therefore are unsure of the pronunciation of alphabets and words. They
also end up mixing the up the letters and this compounds the learning
issue. This also makes them poor with spellings.
cannot tell time for the same reason. They fail to understand numbers,
calculate and associate these numbers can correspond to a certain time of
find it difficult to distinguish the right side from the left and are
therefore poor with directions.
The best person to decide whether a child is
suffering from this disability or not, is a child behavioral specialist. And it
is also wrong to conclude that people with learning disability are not smart.
Rather people with learning disability have been found to have normal to
superior intelligence levels. So it is advisable that parents observe their
kids and seek expert advice accordingly. The problem can surely be redressed
with proper medical care, counseling and patience.