October is Learning Disability Awareness month. A learning disability is not something that one can outgrow and it does not go away. Students with LD’s must recognize that they are not dumb, slow, unsuccessful – or any other labels that children who have learning disabilities often feel.
In fact, just the opposite pertains to these children and students. These students need to know that with appropriate resources, supports and understanding, they will be successful. Schools today are beginning at a young age, to educate students with LD’s about their areas of challenge and what they need to do in order to be successful. Students need to learn to advocate for themselves. Students, even young ones, need to understand how they learn and implement these methods and strategies into their daily routine.
Once a student is diagnosed, the school is legally obligated to alter the school program to compensate for the specific area(s) of disability. Because these students are capable of learning and being very successful accommodations are applied to help make up for areas of weakness.
By definition, a Learning Disability affects the ability to acquire, retain, understand, organize and/or use information. Sometimes one of these areas is affected and sometimes multiple areas are impaired. That’s why no two LD’s are the same.
Teachers look for the following criteria when deciding if a student is presenting with learning difficulties:
Difficulty listening, speaking and/or understanding oral language
Difficulty decoding words and understanding written language
Difficulty spelling and expressing ideas in writing
Difficulty with math computations and problem solving
Difficulty planning what needs to be done and following through
Difficulty with social interactions
Academic underachievement – appearing lazy
Unusually high level of effort and/or support to achieve success
If you suspect your child has a LD speak to their teacher today.
Special Education teams exist in all schools and are there to aid and support your child and family through developing a plan to ensure student success and achievement for ALL.
Until Our Next Lesson…