How does a learning disability affect the child?

How does a learning disability affect the child?

After a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, it’s assumed this will greatly affect their ability to learn. In some sense it may be true, but in another, this need not be the case. When diagnosed early enough, the effects of the child’s learning disability can be mitigated with the proper intervention strategies and the right education for both the child, parent, and educator.

How learning disabilities may affect the child depend entirely on the severity and the type of learning disability.

A dyslexic child may deal with these issues:

  • Trouble with forming new words,
  • Not remember names, numbers, colours.
  • Reading below their age level.

A child with dyscalculia may deal with these issues:

  • May struggle with memorizing numbers,
  • Have trouble telling time, days, weeks, or months,
  • May have trouble with counting.

Though symptoms and effects vary, In many cases they also overlap. For example, a child with dyslexia or dyscalculia may have difficulty with solving word problems and both may have issues dealing with symbols.

The good news is that there are many solid intervention strategies to deal with the different types of learning disabilities. In some cases they may use drawings and pictures, in others, they may use mnemonics devices to help the child better grasp the sequence of things. With the right strategy and education plan, many children with learning disabilities can still effectively learn and keep up with their peers.

College of Allied Educators offers our Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology programme to help you understand your child or the child in your care to more effectively help in their learning and development. 


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