Help for Learning Disabilities
- Has your child been diagnosed as having a learning disability?
- Are you worried that your child has symptoms of a learning disability like Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
- Does your child have an actual diagnosis of ADHD or ADD?
- Or maybe a Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD)?
- Have terms like dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia been mentioned in relation to your child?
Learning disabilities refer to a number of disorders which may affect a person’s ability to acquire, organize, retain, understand or use verbal or nonverbal information. Children with learning disabilities face challenges that we as adults often find difficult to comprehend.
Learning disabilities result from impairments in one or more processes related to perceiving, thinking, remembering or learning. These include, but are not limited to: language processing; phonological processing; visual spatial processing; processing speed; memory and attention; and executive functions (e.g. planning and decision-making).
Children with learning disabilities like ADHD, ADD or NVLD often have trouble organizing themselves and completing everyday tasks.
Impulsiveness is a hallmark of some learning disabilities. Children and adults with ADHD or ADD often experience something called time blindness. It means they may have little awareness of time passing or an inability to recognize of how much time it actually takes to start and finish a task.
Visual perception, visual motor integration and visual tracking – important in reading, writing, school work and on the job – can be affected by a learning disability, even when vision and visual acuity are not impaired. Short-term and long-term memory, working memory and executive function can be challenged and challenging for those with a learning disability. And the social skills that are so critical to navigating everyday life can also be a problem if there is an inability to understand others’ point of view.
Individuals with learning disabilities like dyslexia have trouble reading. People with dysgraphia have trouble writing and those with dyscalculia have trouble with math and numbers.
How to Help Children with Learning Disabilities
During the past two decades I’ve been privileged to work as an Occupational Therapist with hundreds of children who have a learning disability. When obstacles are overcome (and they usually are), there is profound joy in having helped these children reach their potential. Helping parents and siblings better understand and adapt to the challenges experienced by their loved ones has led to countless success stories!
While you may feel overwhelmed by the challenges your child encounters as they move through life with a learning disability, there is help available. Occupational therapists like myself, have specialized training in evaluating
disabilities and developing solutions that help an individual understand how to deal with their unique challenges.
In my 20+ years of experience as an OT, many of my clients and their families have experienced big breakthroughs. These breakthroughs can happen once everyone involved has a better understanding of what the specific learning disability is, and begins the process of learning how to overcome the specific challenges presented.
In my new eBook, Help for Learning Disabilities, I share my best strategies,solutions and tips to help your child with his/her learning disability.
You’ll find the strategies and guidance in each of the nine chapters organized in a step-by-step format. If sticking to a daily routine is a problem, Chapter 1 has eleven tested and proven strategies to help smooth things out. Chapter 4 provides insight into helping your child build their social skills and Chapter 9 provides examples and guidance on how to use Top Down and Bottom Up strategies to help improve executive function.
What is Executive Function?
Executive function is the process that helps one function in daily life. It is an ability to make actions goal directed and behavior purposeful. Executive function describes one’s ability to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention, recall relevant details and manage time and space. Executive function evaluates how one is doing with a task; allows one to adjust response during it and manage multiple tasks. It uses self-awareness and judgment. Executive function also needs memory and attention.
This is just a small snippet of the information you’ll find in this helpful eBook.
The complete chapter list includes:
- Chapter 1: How to Help Children with Learning Disabilities with 11 Tested Strategies
- Chapter 2: 10 Proven Strategies for Homework Success
- Chapter 3: What is Dysgraphia? And What Do I Do If My Child Has It?
- Chapter 4: 11 New Ideas to Encourage Your Child’s Social Skills
- Chapter 5: Help with Mathematics: 9 New Ways to Make Math Come Alive for Your Child
- Chapter 6: What is Universal Design for Learning? What Does it Mean for My Child?
- Chapter 7: 17 Ways to Reduce Screen Time for Your Family
- Chapter 8: How to Ensure Computer Ergonomics for Children
- Chapter 9: Executive Function: Top Down and Bottom Up Questions and Answers
BSc.O.T., OT(c), OTR, OTReg.(NB)
“I found this eBook very parent friendly! A great tool for concerned parents seeking ways to help their child reach their full potential”Anna Maria Rossi
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Mother of two (one of whom has special needs)