You and your child are both frustrated. They come home from school with another poor test grade, and you can tell they’re upset. You know they spent hours studying for that test, but they claim they couldn’t remember the answers. You know that this is more than a simple case of “test jitters”. You’re starting to become concerned that your child may have a learning disability.
You’ll be glad to know that just because they may be diagnosed as having a learning disability (LD), that doesn’t mean they can’t do well in school. Some children have learning disabilities in specific subjects like reading (dyslexia) or math (dyscalculia). Others simply struggle with test-taking, and still other students have trouble paying attention and focusing in class.
Usually a student with learning disabilities has more than one – so maybe they struggle in math, but also have trouble focusing on how to solve a problem in that they don’t remember what steps to take. Nearly 4 million school-age children have a learning disability and about 20% of those have another disorder that makes it difficult to focus.
Verbal and Non Verbal Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities fall into two classes – verbal and non-verbal. Verbal, as you might imagine, has to do with reading, spelling or speaking. Children with dyslexia are considered to have a verbal learning disability. Sometimes, a student can read well, but has trouble actually comprehending what they’ve read.
People with non-verbal learning disabilities have trouble processing what they’re seeing. Advanced math concepts like fractions or ratios can be difficult for them. Some people with these types of learning disabilities also have ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They’re unusually active, and feel unable to control their outbursts in the classroom. They may be incorrectly labeled as children with “behavior problems” when they can’t actually help their actions, any more than you or I could help but sneeze or yawn.
Of course, kids are surprisingly good at hiding their struggles. They may joke around or ignore the problem and hope it goes away – but if left untreated, learning disabilities can have a significant impact on a child’s quality of life. The best way to understand and work to remedy certain types of learning disabilities is by consulting with a trained specialist who understands how the brain works and how we learn.
If you would like your child (or yourself) to be tested in order to find out the root cause of debilitating learning disabilities, or if they have been diagnosed and you’d like them to try a safe, non-prescription, non-surgical alternative, contact ACE Clinics today to learn more about our comprehensive plan to help both students and adults with learning disabilities.
If you or someone you love is affected by learning disabilities, it’s worth scheduling a consultation with ACE Clinics. Our professionals specialize in assessment as well as non-prescription neuro-cognitive treatments which can help to improve and restore optimal brain function.
To read a more detailed article on the subject of Assessing and Treating Learning Disabilities read this article by our clinical director Bob Gottfried PhD