Nearly every parent hopes their child will be brilliant — the next great thinker, artist or American president. When that child experiences developmental delays, however, such dreams are dashed. In almost every classroom, at least one youngster has a learning disability (some severe, others barely noticeable), and that struggling child is frequently the target of jokes from “typical” kids and sighs from impatient teachers. Watching this battle is agonizing. Parents suspect learning disabilities imprison gifted human beings. And they’re often right. Some of the world’s greatest intellectuals — including Albert Einstein —are believed to have been learning disabled. A combination of encouragement, medical evaluation and a treatment plan can help your child maximize his potential.
To Each His Own
It’s normal for some kids to learn at a slower pace.
Types of Learning Difficulties
If you suspect your child may have a learning disability, parents need to be aware of the symptoms that prevent learning at school.
Questions and Answers
My six-year-old son is beginning to have learning problems in school because he can’t stay in his seat and concentrate on his lessons. What should I do?
Is retention in the same grade ever advisable for a child who is not a late bloomer? How about the slow learner?
My older child is a great student and earns straight A’s year after year. Her younger sister, now in the sixth grade, is completely bored in school and won’t even try. Why would she refuse to apply her ability like this?
A Reason to Hope
Poor grades at school, inattentiveness and a failure to complete tasks might have a cause you haven’t thought of.
If you’ve been through an experience related to this topic, we invite you to share your story with others.
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Other Things to Consider
The Perfect Child
A little perfectionism goes a long way. Too much can be a real downer for kids.