You are not alone. One in five children (and adults as well) struggle with some form of language-based learning difference.
We have a wide variety of resources to support families of children with learning differences.
- Parents Education Network (PEN)
- LD Online
- Magination Press
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Woodbine House
What is learning differences?
Learning differences are very common and include language-based issues or attention/focusing issues; some of the most common types of learning differences include dyslexia and ADHD.
This can make reading, writing, counting, etc. hard especially in a traditional school setting. Unfortunately students are labeled as “lazy” or uninterested in academics due to their biological differences. These issues start in the brain and can be genetic. They are not “missing” something they are just “wired” differently.
Typically, signs and symptoms start showing up during childhood as young as preschool age.
Each type of learning difference display different set of signs and symptoms but overall a sense of frustration, anxiety, and low self-esteem can occur due to the situation and confusion of parties involved including students, parents, and teachers.
As a note many celebrities and world-renowned individuals throughout history have had learning difference and were able to lead successful lives.
It can be challenging for learners to read but it also can affect spelling and writing
Signs by age
- Mispronounces words, like saying “beddy tear” instead of “teddy bear”
- Has trouble remembering sequences, like singing the letters of the alphabet
- Struggles to read familiar words (like cator the), especially if there aren’t pictures
- Substitutes words when reading aloud, like saying housewhen the story says home
- Confuses or skips small words like for and of when reading aloud
- Struggles to explain what happened in a story or answer questions about key details
It can be challenging to work with number and count
Signs by age
- Has trouble making the connect between 6 and six
- Struggles to recognize patterns, like smallest to largest or tallest to shortest.
- Has trouble learning and recalling basic math facts, like 2 + 4 = 6.
- Still uses fingers to count instead of using more advanced strategies (like mental math).
- Struggles to identify math signs like + and ‒ and to use them the right way.