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.
Leave a Reply.
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.
SHARE THIS PAGE
Debra O'Shea, Psy.D PLLC
14 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10122
Website by TherapyPrime