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Living with Learning Disabilities
National Center for Learning Disabilities, one in every five children are affected. These children are more likely to fall behind causing them to repeat a grade, get in trouble at school/with the law, and eventually they could drop out making it difficult to pursue a career as an adult. How this is prevented is simple, but first you must understand what a learning disability truly is.
The factsThe Learning Disabilities Association of America defines a learning disability as a neurological disorder that comes in many different forms. The forms include dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Dyscalculia affects the way the brain processes numbers and math facts. Dysgraphia affects a person’s handwriting and fine motor skills. The most well-known is Dyslexia, and this affects reading and language-based processing skills. Kids can be ashamed and carry this disability with them into adulthood. Some may never disclose their disability with close friends or even their significant other. But, what people don’t realize is these kids are just as smart as their peers! Looking for the early signs and identifying the problem(s) will help significantly with your child’s early development skills and reaching their full potential.
Looking for the signsIt can be very challenging to identify if your child truly has a learning disability or not. Pay close attention to the little warning signs when you start introducing them to the first stages of school (informational learning, i.e. memorization). There are different ways to pinpoint if your child has a problem. Preschool/Kindergarten:
- Difficulty connecting sounds & letters or pronouncing words
- Problems with counting
- Difficulties using crayons/paint
- Trouble being understood by strangers
- Difficulty with dressing themselves
- Can’t speak in full sentences
- Continuously forgets newly learned information
- Trouble holding pencil/writing
- Problems following directions & routines
- Can’t play age appropriate games
Next stepsThe first step after you have a suspicion that your child is struggling it is time to seek professional help and have an evaluation done. There are plenty of resources for you to take action. The easiest would be to see your pediatrician to meet with them and discuss your concerns. You could also contact the school your child is attending and let them know you would like to have your child evaluated or to keep them updated with the evaluation process. Most likely, they will have noticed the signs or will recommend you to someone you should see for the professional evaluation. After they evaluate your child’s basic skills, they will go over their results and tell you if your child should need to receive special education services or additional help. If this is the case they will go over a learning plan based on where the help is most needed. Most schools accommodate to the specific learning plan for any child with a disability or already have a plan set for different types of disabilities. During this process, your child could become very self-conscious or embarrassed. This is normal and happens quite often, that is why as a parent it is important for you to help continuously build up their self-esteem. Some easy ways to do this are by pointing out things your child is good at and praising them for that specific attribute. Also, getting them involved in activities they know they do very well at! This will help develop their self-worth and determination to keep striving to succeed even with the extra difficulties. Living with a learning disability can be difficult for all parties. Remember, this does not make someone less than anyone else and with your help, love, and support your child will strive to be the absolute best at anything they put their mind to! « PreviousNext »
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Down Syndrome
Education starts with awareness. That’s why we’re taking the time to cover some of the disabilities in today’s society you may have heard of, but know surprisingly little about them. Our blog series starts with Down syndrome. Read along as we cover some basic facts about this disability, it’s features, and risk factors.
6 Facts About Down SyndromeWhat is Down syndrome, exactly? Get better acquainted with this genetic condition with these 5 helpful facts.
Down syndrome is causedby extra copies of chromosome 21.This extra chromosome may be partial or whole, and can lead to one of three different types of Down syndrome: Trisomy 21, Mosaic Down Syndrome or Translocation Down Syndrome.
Trisomy 21 is the most common form of this condition.Trisomy 21 occurs when three copies of chromosome occur instead of two. It accounts for 95% of cases. Mosaic Down Syndrome and Translocation Down Syndrome are much rarer, accounting for 4% and 1% of all cases.
Symptoms can vary greatly from one case to another.Down syndrome isn’t the same across the board. Cases vary from mild to severe. Symptoms may include some or all of the below:
- Small Head
- Flattened Facial Features
- Eyes with An Upward Slant
- Ears of Small or Unusual Shape
- Short Neck
- Poor Muscle Tone
- Broad, Short Hands with a Single Palm Crease
- Small Hands and Feet
- Short Fingers
- Extreme Flexibility
- Short Stature
- Brushfield’s Spots
The life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome has increased over the years.Medical advancements have significantly increased the average lifespan of individuals with Down syndrome. In 1983, the average life expectancy was 25. In today’s society, the average lifespan is 60.
Approximately one-fourth of U.S. families are impacted by this condition.While the cause for Down syndrome is unknown, the risk increases with the mother’s age.
It is the most common chromosomal condition in the U.S.More than 400,000 individuals have Down syndrome in the U.S. with it occurring on average in 1 of every 691 babies born.
Why Dreamscape Foundation is Talking About ItHere at Dreamscape Foundation, we work day in and day out to help individuals with disabilities acquire the tools, programs, and resources they need to live a full life. While our focus is primarily on visual impairments, we don’t view ourselves as a singular community. We understand that the demand for special needs stretches beyond are individual cause, and that change happens through education, understanding, and support. That’s why we want to take the extra step in informing our community of other common disabilities in order to help form a bridge of understanding and connection. If you’re currently seeking local Down syndrome resources in Florida, we encourage you to visit the Global Down Syndrome Foundation online. If you’re an individual looking to raise funds to meet specific needs for yourself or a loved one, talk to us. We collaborate with individuals and organizations to help provide essential resources for individuals with disabilities. « PreviousNext »
A Volunteer’s Look at a Night to Shine
Night to Shine” alive this February. However, this isn’t his first rodeo. Sammy has volunteered for this event before and has a strong passion for the impact it has on the disabled community.