Friday, October 5, 2018
If you’ve noticed your child struggling to keep up with the bustling school season, you’re not alone. About 10 percent of kids, or two to three students in every classroom, have learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
“The best way to describe a learning disability is something that prohibits your child from taking in and understanding information as well as other kids in their classroom,” SouthCoast Health Pediatrician Dr. Keith Seibert stated. “But that doesn’t mean your child is doomed to always fail at school. There is so much you can do to assist.”
We’re breaking down the most common learning disabilities and giving some tips on how to ensure they don’t hold your child back this school year.
The Mayo Clinic defines dyslexia as, “a learning disorder that involves difficulty reasoning due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding).” 14.5 to 43.5 million children and adults have dyslexia. While this disorder can look different for each person, usually students with dyslexia easily get mixed up between similar word sounds and numbers. It can also mean issues with speaking, spelling, comprehension, confidence, and more.
So how can you help your child if they have dyslexia?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and it affects more than 6.4 million children. Those that have it struggle to pay attention and stay on task. This means it can also be extra frustrating for your child’s teachers, especially in the traditional school setting.
Here are a few ways to help your child if they have ADHD:
Students with dyscalculia can expect to have difficulties with ordering numbers correctly, problem-solving, basic math calculations, time, measurements, and estimations. About three to six percent of students will have this.
These tips work for helping students with dyscalculia:
Students with this learning disability will have difficulties with writing such as expressing their ideas, organizing their thoughts, being redundant, holding a pencil, leaving out essential parts of the story, basic sentence structure, grammatical awareness, and anything that affects the overall quality of what they are writing.
Want to help your child who has dysgraphia? Here are some tips:
While there are many different types of learning disabilities, these are some of the most common seen in school-aged children. If you have further questions or need more managing tips, feel free to reach for the expert pediatricians at SouthCoast Health. Schedule an appointment with them by calling 912-691-3600.
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