Information taken from The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA)
WHAT ARE LEARNING DISABILITIES?
Learning disabilities (LD) is a general term that is used to describe a variety of learning difficulties. LD refers to difficulty acquiring, interpreting and / or using listening, speaking, visual information, motor skills, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical abilities. A child with a learning disability can have average or above-average intelligence but also have difficulty utilizing academic skills.
WHAT CAUSES LEARNING DISABILITIES?
Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that impact the brain’s ability to acquire, interpret, store, use, and respond to information. The cause of LD is unknown; however, it is thought that genetics, brain development, and / or environmental factors may cause LD.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON TYPES OF LEARNING DISABILITIES?
The most common type of LD is in the area of reading (dyslexia). It should also be noted that a child may have more than one LD. Listed below you will find other common learning disabilities.
- Dyscalculia (difficulty with math)
- Dysgraphia (difficulty writing)
- Dyspraxia (difficulty with motor skills)
- Dysphasia (difficulty with language)
- Auditory processing disorder (difficulty interpreting auditory information)
- Sensory processing disorder (difficulty interpreting sensory information)
- Visual processing disorder (difficulty interpreting visual information)
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LEARNING DISABILITIES:
Listed below are common red-flags that indicate that a school-aged child may have a learning disability. However, it should be noted that signs of a learning disability may show up before a child learns to read and write.
- Mispronouncing words
- Poor spelling
- Difficulty copying shapes, letters, and / or words
- Confusing basic words when reading
- Difficulty learning the alphabet
- Difficulty with basic math concepts
- Slow to learn new skills
- Difficulty remembering
- Poor coordination
- Difficulty staying organized
- Difficulty paying attention
OUR APPROACH AT KEY THERAPIES:
We will develop an individualized treatment plan for each child based off of his / her current needs. We will work closely with your child’s school to create the best learning environment for your child.