As a parent, you want to see your child succeed in life. But sometimes, even when you do everything you can to provide your little one with the best possible education and resources, they still struggle to keep up with their peers. It could be that your child is experiencing a learning disability like dyslexia, dyscalculia, hyperlexia, or dysgraphia. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what these learning disabilities are, how to identify their symptoms to help your child reach their fullest potential, and steps you can take to transform their life.
Dyslexia in Children
Dyslexia affects reading, spelling, and writing. It’s one of the most common learning disabilities in children and is usually characterized by difficulty in recognizing, spelling, or decoding words (decoding is the act of successfully pronouncing a word based on the knowledge of letter-sound relationships).
If your child has dyslexia, you may notice symptoms when they have difficulty reading words aloud or remembering spellings. Other common signs of dyslexia include letter reversals, poor penmanship, limited vocabulary, or difficulties following a set of instructions. These symptoms can affect your child’s academic performance, making it challenging to keep up with their peers, take tests, or perform in classroom activities.
Dyscalculia in Children
Mathematics is particularly challenging for many children, especially those with dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a disorder in which a child has difficulty processing numbers and performing math-related tasks, such as counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They may also confuse the symbols for mathematical functions, like the plus sign and multiplication sign. This makes it challenging for your child to complete math problems.
Dyscalculia in children also often leads to problems with time management. Many math concepts are used in telling time or maintaining a schedule, such as counting in sets, addition, subtraction, and fractions. For example, in order to know that it’s half past the hour, you need to be familiar with both the concept of an hour and the concept of a half.
Similar to dyslexia, this learning disability in children can make it difficult for your child to keep pace with other kids their age.
Hyperlexia in Children
Children with hyperlexia start to read early despite not being formally taught how to read or write. With this unique symptom, they tend to be interested in letters and can recognize words very quickly, or memorize long strings of numbers and facts. However, in many cases, comprehending what they’ve read is difficult. They need help learning meanings and developing their understanding of language beyond being able to simply read things out loud.
Dysgraphia in Children
Dysgraphia is a learning disorder that affects written expression. Although your child’s mind is teeming with wonderful, creative ideas, they may have difficulty translating them to paper. In many cases, this is a result of motor control or muscle coordination issues. Your child may also struggle with grammar, spelling and punctuation, and organizing ideas. Other signs of dysgraphia include difficulty forming letters, clustered letter spacing, the inability to write in a straight line, and writing fatigue.
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Managing Learning Disabilities in Children for the Long Term
Learning disabilities and developmental disorders affect the way your child processes information. This can include anything from their reading comprehension and math skills to their writing abilities. However, giving your child the tools they need to succeed in a learning environment is possible.
Using a combination of evidence-based treatments, Abbey Neuropsychology strives to work with you to give your child the best chance for success in school and life. We understand that every child’s needs are unique. Some children deal with one or more learning disabilities, while others may deal with the characteristics of many without meeting any of the criteria for a specific condition. That’s why we develop a comprehensive, personalized plan that includes treatments such as neurofeedback, attention and focus training, vision training, reading interventions, and more. No matter what support your child needs, we’re here to help them thrive.
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