Howie’s take on Learning Disabilities

Hey blog readers, it’s me Howie Defranco and today we will be discussing learning disabilities.  Learning disabilities are a wide variety of possible disorders, and symptoms, that are caused by a few different things.  Of course learning disorders do not especially in this day and age stop people from being successful but are an obstacle to overcome, and adapt to.  As if learning wasn’t hard enough already, am I right but it does not make a person any less intelligent than the next.  Anyways that’s fairly nice way of putting it so let’s move on.

There are a few different things that identify if your child could be born with or develop a learning disability.  Oddly enough and I quote “experts don’t always know the reason for learning disabilities”, but they tend to run in the family so if you have one your kid might, their children might and so on.  Some do think though that the reason they develop is that the brain is processing information differently, which makes a lot of sense considering a few of the disorders like dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia.  It can also be caused by any injury or illness the mother may have while with child, or drug and alcohol abuse they partake in.  Finally by the way the child is raised any head injury, exposure to toxins, malnutrition, or child abuse can also bring about learning disabilities.
The biggest signs when your young that your developing one, is mostly how fast your learning and developing.  If you have trouble learning things like the alphabet or numbers or days of the week are signs.  If you said your first words later than expected, read slowly, have trouble in school without clear reasons.  Those are all signs you could be developing or have a learning disability already.
Common Types of Learning Disabilities:
Dyslexia; difficulty with reading
Dyscalculia; difficulty with mathematics
Dysgraphia; difficulty with writing
Dyspraxia: difficulty with fine motor skills
Dysphasia/aphasia; difficulty with language
Auditory processing disorder; difficulty hearing differences in sound
Visual processing disorder; difficulty interpreting visual information
In schools there is a lot more support for kids with learning disabilities then there was 30, 20, even 10 years ago.  In my school I remember kids that had disorders like add and autism that make learning more difficult had kind of a personal teacher assisting them in our classes.  Which was is good as it worked in both occupational and educational ways.  Occupational therapy is for those that have something like dysgraphia or dyspraxia as it’s more to do with hands on problems.  While educational is more personalized around the disability the person has.
Works Cited
“Learning Disabilities and Disorders.” : Types of Learning Disorders and Their Signs. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.
“Learning Disabilities-Topic Overview.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.
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