What is a learning disability?
Learning disabilities are life-long conditions that interfere with the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and reasoning. They may manifest themselves as problems in reading, mathematics, or written expression.
Learning disabilities are conditions that make it difficult for a person to receive, process, store, and respond to information. They can affect various parts of the learning process and have varying degrees of severity.
Common learning disabilities are dyslexia (difficulty reading) and dyscalculia (difficulty with numbers).
If your child is diagnosed with a learning disability that affects their reading, it’s important to get help for your child early. There is no simple cure for a learning disability but it can be managed effectively so that your child has the best chance to feel successful at school.
Students with learning disabilities can sometimes feel behind or that they are struggling to keep up with their peers. This can be disheartening and even affect their self-esteem. But there are a number of different ways that parents and teachers can help to boost their confidence and reading skills.
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How do Reading Interventions help my child?
Reading interventions are essential for children with learning disabilities. Reading interventions help to improve reading skills by providing practice and coaching on the basic concepts of reading. Reading interventions for kids with learning disabilities can be done in a classroom, at home, with a private tutor, or at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic.
Seek assessment and treatment early
To ensure their future success in school and beyond, it is important to get your child assessed if you suspect they may have a learning disability. If your child has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) they may have difficulty learning how to read and write. Your child may also have trouble with other areas of language including grammar and spelling as well as listening comprehension and writing skills.
According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities as many as 1 in 5 children may have learning or attention challenges. This means that there are many children who struggle with reading and writing at school every day.
What are effective reading interventions that may help my child?
The type of intervention or treatment that your child needs must be individualized. Each person with a learning disability needs a personalized approach that works for them. Just because a reading strategy may help one student, does not mean it will help another.
Your child may need help with the sound-symbol association when deciphering letters. Perhaps they may need accommodations made in the classroom like having extra reading time on a test.
There are many different reading programs designed to support learners. Depending on what programs are available in your local area or schools you may be able to choose what is best for your child. Consideration needs to be made by parents, educators, and medical professionals on what would work best for the individual.
Finding the right remedial instruction to support your child’s learning may take time, but investing the energy is worthwhile. But delving into this now will mean they can feel supported as they move through their schooling and for whatever they do in the future.
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