Monday, May 21, 2012

5 Learning Disabilities You Should Know About

Every day, there seems to be more and more learning disabilities in the world. However, sometimes problems labeled as 'disabilities' are really not what they seem. This is why many doctors wait for years before diagnosing anything. However, here are 5 common disabilities that everyone should know about.

1. Dyslexia
This is a very common leaning disorder and has been known for years. Dyslexic people have problems reading. What would otherwise look normal to a regular person often looks backwards to someone with dyslexia. This is sometimes confused with the inability to write properly, but that in itself is something different. Dyslexia is usually not diagnosed until a later age. Often, test scores and academic performance in school are not satisfactory, and this is a common catalyst.

2. Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia is marked by problems with learning to write letters and numbers. Those that have this learning disability are frequently going to write their letters backwards or incorrectly in some other manner. However, this is normal to them and they seldom know that they are doing it. It usually takes a specialist to notice that there is a problem, but concerned friends can do a lot by keeping an eye out on handwriting.

3. Dyspraxia
This is a learning disorder that keeps people from producing complete sentences or thoughts. They have problem understanding things. However, when they start to talk, they have a hard time finding the right word.

4. Dyscalculia
This particular learning disability is associated with math. Those suffering from it also are usually going to have problems with the concepts of money and time. This is a lesser-known learning disorder, simply because not as many people are diagnosed with it, which does not mean that less people are afflicted by this disorder.

5. Visual Processing Disorder
Those that have this disorder will find that they have trouble visually taking in information. They are not only going to have trouble reading and writing though. They will also have trouble looking at graphs, pictures or anything that is visual. This disorder gets easily confused with Dysgraphia, since anyone suffering from that will demonstrate problems that are similar to this disorder. However, a professional can diagnose this, based on the other symptoms that the person may be exhibiting.

Those that believe that they or their child has a learning disability need to realize that it takes quite a while for people to be diagnosed, due to the amount of testing that takes place. Then, learning how to cope is a lifelong process. It is not uncommon for those with learning disabilities to have feel stress and anxiety, so if you have a friend or family member that exhibits symptoms, do be understanding, patient and sensitive. You could very well save a life.

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1 comment:

  1. Are there some websites that give more information on these learning disorders?