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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is October

October 8th, 2017

October is learning disabilities awareness month. This gives us a time to focus on what learning disabilities are and the impact they have on learning. Learning Disabilities impact 15 to 20% of the population.

Common Types of Learning Disabilities

  • Dyslexia: Reading, including decoding, encoding, and comprehension
  • Dysgraphia: Both physically writing and the quality of written expression
  • Dyscalculia: Math, including accuracy with calculations as well as ability to solve word problems
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Social and spatial difficulties
  • Auditory Processing Deficit: Receiving, remembering, understanding, and using auditory information.
  • Visual Processing Deficit: Receiving, remembering, understanding, and using visual information.
  • Executive Function Deficit: Organization skills and regulation skills – changing behavior is response to your surroundings
  • Attention Deficit Disorder: ADHD, inattentive, hyperactive, as well as combined types
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Watch the video to see Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET answer parent’s questions about how early you can assess for dyslexia and how you know if your child has ADHD.

See if you should investigate if your child has any learning disabilities…

Look at the list of symptoms of learning disabilities or dyslexia below. If your kid has 3 or more symptoms at each grade-group level you may want to do further investigation into the possibility that there may be an actual learning problem.

Symptoms of Learning Disabilities or Dyslexia

Preschool Age Symptoms

Do they, or did they…

  • Speak later than most children?
  • Have pronunciation problems?
  • Have slow vocabulary growth?
  • Have difficulty rhyming words?
  • Have trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colors, and shapes?
  • Seem extremely restless and easily distracted?
  • Have difficulty following directions or routines?
  • Have trouble interacting with peers?
  • Have trouble learning to run, jump, or skip?
  • Have trouble learning to button?
  • Have difficulty using scissors (holding them and cutting)?

Grades K-4 Symptoms

Do they, or did they…

  • Have trouble learning to ride a bicycle?
  • Have trouble learning to run, jump, or skip?
  • Have difficulty using scissors (holding them and cutting)?
  • Have difficulty learning the connection between letters and sounds?
  • Make reading and spelling errors, including letter reversals?
  • Transpose number sequences and confuse arithmetic signs (+, – , x , ÷ , =)?
  • Have a hard time remembering facts or learning new skills?
  • Have trouble learning to button?
  • Have difficulty using scissors (holding them and cutting)?
  • Have an unstable pencil grip?
  • Have trouble learning the concept of time?
  • Have poor coordination?
  • Have trouble following directions?
  • Take a very long time to complete assignments?
  • Have trouble remembering where they left something?
  • Have a disorganized desk or room?
  • Have poor alignment of numerals on a math paper?
  • Have inadequate spacing of letters and words in writing?
  • Have difficulty aligning numbers in columns?
  • Have difficulty with problem solving and reasoning?
  • Have difficulty in understanding measurements, maps, and graphs? 

Older Students’ Learning Disabilities Symptoms

Older students’ may have had the various symptoms of learning disabilities above when they were that age. For symptoms that they may be experiencing today, continue to the Older Students’ Learning Disabilities Symptoms blog post.

Solutions to Symptoms of Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities in Students of All Ages

There are several steps to put into place to make learning easier for those with learning disabilities or dyslexia.

Step One: Schedule a Free 30 Minute Consultation with Bonnie Terry.

Step Two: Go through a Neuro-developmental Behaviorally Based Assessment to have the underlying root causes of the learning problems identified.

Step Three: Gain an understanding of why learning is difficult and see the possibilities that learning can become easier. (Mindset is crucial to improving learning skills.)

Step Four: Choose an Awaken the Scholar Within Program that addresses the underlying root causes of your learning problems that also provides step-by-step instruction in any academic areas that need improvement.

Step Five: Work the program (about 30 minutes a day).

Remember, it is never too late to make learning easier. You have the opportunity to shine, to live the life of your dreams, to be successful. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns here.

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