Focus on Family: Learning, Decoded author Heather Bragg discusses learning disabilities

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Heather Bragg

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Learning, Decoded: Understanding and Using Your Child's Unique Learning Style to Improve Academic Performance

Key signs your child may have a learning challenge
Poor grades (that do not match your child’s ability)
Avoiding school, homework
Frustration and/or self-consciousness
Apathy
Frequently claiming to be “sick” before school

Misconceptions about ADHD and dyslexia
There is no clear-cut, definitive way to tell if children have ADHD, dyslexia or any other learning challenge
Children do not “out grow” ADHD, dyslexia or other learning challenges
ADHD doesn’t just affect the rowdy boys—inattentive children often struggle with attention issues just as much, but in a different way
Dyslexia is not just about “switching” letters and numbers (it is about difficulty with language in general)

Red flags for ADHD and dyslexia
Impulsive behavior is a telltale sign of ADHD
Difficulty with rhyming is a telltale sign of language difficulty

ADHD Treatment Options:
Seek a diagnosis from a psychologist, not your pediatrician; be sure to rule out a sleep disorder
The best treatment for children is a multi-pronged approach of education, behavioral therapy and medication, which can be helpful when prescribed and monitored carefully

What You Can Do
Seek help from school (but there may be lag time)
Look into other support (after-school homework help programs, tutors etc)
Spend time with your child, help with homework in an encouraging way, make observations (what is easy, what is hard etc) and write them down to take into school meetings