October is Learning Disability Awareness month.
A learning disability is not something that a person can outgrow, and it does not go away. Students with learning disabilities must recognize that they are not dumb, slow, unsuccessful, or any of the other negative labels that children who have learning disabilities may feel apply to them.
In fact, just the opposite is true. These students need to know that with appropriate resources, support, and understanding, they will be successful.
Schools today are beginning at a young age to educate students with learning disabilities about areas that may challenge them, and what they need to do to be successful. Students, even young ones, need to understand how they learn and implement these methods and strategies into their daily routine. More importantly, students need to learn to advocate for themselves.
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.
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 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 learning disability, contact a professional and speak with their teacher.
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.
We understand you want fast access to information and services. To get started, complete our Request More Information form online here or call 1.866.653.2397. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help you.
Morneau Shepell – Children’s Support Solutions