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10/06/2014
What is important to understand about Learning Disabilities, also commonly referred to as LDs is that they are not one disability, rather composed of several. The prevailing factor that connects them, however, is that each of these disabilities are specific to learning, in that they affect a student’s ability to grasp some sort of information. When a LD is first diagnosed, statistically 7-10 adults will confuse it for an intellectual disorder, which was formerly known as a mental disorder. However, children with LDs function much like their peers, except for when it comes to learning, and the learning is usually specific to a certain subject or skill. As you can imagine, LDs are difficult to diagnose. It will usually happen with the assistance of a teacher and LD specialist. The Tutoring Center in Sandestin would love to share some facts about LDs with you today, as well as some ways in which you can help your child if he or she has been diagnosed. 

What LD Affects

Those who are diagnosed with LD, as previously mentioned, could experience difficulty learning in any number of areas. Mathematical skills can be one area of trouble. A child may have spatial issues or dyslexia, which is especially brought on by stress. If a child has test anxiety, a fear of numbers, and dyslexia, for example, you can imagine that taking a math test for him or her could be devastating. 

Written and/or Verbal Communication issues can also be included in LDs. For example, a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder may quite likely have difficulty verbalizing feelings, and can often get quite frustrated when this happens. This does not mean, remember, that the child does not have the ability to think or reason. 


*It is important to note that though ADHD can hinder learning, it is not considered a learning disability, but instead a learning difficulty. Often times when a child has ADHD it will be accompanied by LDs. 

How You Can Help

- Be sure to communicate with the school if you are aware that your child has an LD. There is often a specialist who will be able to assist your child’s teacher in creating an Individualized Learning Plan so that your child can get the assistance needed and the education deserved. 
- It is also helpful that you become very aware of what your child is going through. As LD is a group, it is crucial that you understand specifically what your child has been diagnosed with, study it, ask questions, and understand who you’ll be able to help your child.
- Above all, ensure your child that he or she is not a disorder they have, and that you are there to assist how you can, knowing that your child is still capable of so much.

Opportunities for creative activity can be hugely beneficial for all children, not least those with LDs, so be sure to read our guide to fostering creativity in your child for some tips.

Remember that the tutors at The Tutoring Center are trained to aid children in the learning process, with all types of Learning Disabilities, as well as other more severe disorders. We are dedicated, experienced, and willing to help. Please contact us today at (850) 424-7935 today for tutoring in Sandestin!

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