A learning disability is characterized by significant difficulty in reading, math, writing, speaking, listening or reasoning that is not associated with another disorder.
1. Fact: 1 in 5 Americans have a learning disability. Learning disabilities are more common than most people realize. (U.S. Department of Education 2010)
2. Fiction: If you have a learning disability you automatically have low intelligence. This is completely untrue. Many very intelligent people have learning disabilities. Having a learning disability does not make you less intelligent, it makes doing specific things more difficult for you.
3. Fact: ADHD can impede learning, but it is not considered a learning disability.
4. Fiction: You can grow out of a learning disability. Unfortunately, this is not true. If you truly have a learning disability you will have it your entire life. People with learning disabilities, learn coping strategies so that they can compensate during these difficult tasks.
5. Fact: 20% of learning disabled children do not complete high school. This is a very upsetting statistic.
6. Fiction: Only children have learning disabilities. Not true, it is not something that is cured or you grow out of, you have it for a lifetime.
7. Fact: A poor diet does not cause learning disabilities.
8. Fiction: Having a learning disability means you are lazy. Absolutely not true! People with learning disabilities find specific academic tasks challenging. It does NOT mean they are lazy.
9. Fact: If you have a learning disability, you can learn. You just learn and process information in a different way.
10. Fiction: If you put your child on medication, you will cure the learning disability. This is not true. Medication does not cure a learning disability, it can help greatly with other disorders.
If you think your child has a learning disability the first step is to contact your child's teacher and discuss your concerns. Your child's teacher can give you a better idea of where your child is performing, whether it is above, below or on grade level.
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.
Dr. Deb is a successful Psychologist who practices in New York City. She is an Anxiety Specialist who works with adolescents and adults providing both individual and couples counseling.
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