OVERCOMING LEARNING DISABILITIES WITH PNT
Why Do Students Struggle to Keep up with Their Peers Despite Hard Work and Effort?
Learning disabilities are obstacles that impact the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a child to learn as quickly as an individual who isn’t impacted by learning disabilities.
1 in 5 children struggle with Learning Disabilities
20% of the population, or one in five students have some kind of learning disability. Research indicates that for the vast majority of those with learning disabilities (70% or more) even the most talented teachers, experienced tutors, prestigious private schools or well established after school learning centers do not possess the tools and solutions to effectively educate students with learning disabilities.
Why Traditional Educational Approaches Often Fail
Most learning techniques, especially tutoring, or approaches taken by “learning centers” attempt to improve performance by dealing primarily with the symptoms or expressions of the learning disability. For example, if a student struggles with math or math concepts (dyscalculia), the teachers or tutors focus on drilling and practicing math. For the student struggling with learning disabilities, this usually only produces short-term gains and next year more tutoring is needed. Learning Technics goes beyond short-term solutions by focusing on developing the student’s underlying skills and abilities.
A Different Philosophy to Permanently Treat Learning Disabilities
Learning Technics does not teach math, reading, spelling or social studies. Physio-Neuro Therapy helps grow neuro tissue which changes the way the brain learns, making school (and life) easier and more enjoyable.
Struggling students can learn to use their full potential and find great success. Learning can be easier and more enjoyable for a lifetime. There is a permanent solution
Dyscalculia – The Inability to Understand Math and Math Related Concepts
Dyscalculia is a learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to understand numbers and math comprehension, as well as difficulties with pattern recognition and conceptualization.
Children with dyscalculia often experience difficulty understanding number-related concepts, using math symbols, and other concepts in mathematics. Individuals with dyscalculia may also struggle with organizing and memorizing numbers, stelling time, and counting.
Symptoms of Dyscalculia
Symptoms of dyscalculia vary from child to child, and often become more obvious as a child gets older. Depending on your child’s age, symptoms may include any of the following:
- Difficulty understanding math concepts such as place value, and quantity, number lines, positive and negative value, etc).
- Difficulty understanding and completing word problems
- Difficulty sequencing information or events
- Difficulty using steps involved in math operations
- Difficulty understanding fractions
- Struggles with handling money and making change
- Struggles to tell time without a digital clock
- Displays difficulty recognizing patterns when adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing
- Has difficulty putting language to math processes
- Struggles understanding concepts related to time, such as days, weeks, and months
Dysgraphia – The Inability to Write Legibly and Perform Handwriting Tasks
Dysgraphia is a learning disability associated with the nervous system that affects the fine motor skills required to write. Children with dysgraphia struggle with handwriting tasks and other assignments, such as forming letters, spelling words and word spacing. Oftentimes, the action of creating letters requires so much effort that a child with dysgraphia forgets what they wanted to say in the first place. Students with dysgraphia often struggle to write legibly, especially when compared to other children in their peer group.
Symptoms of Dysgraphia
- Trouble spacing words or forming letters consistently
- Painful or awkward grip on a pencil
- Difficulty staying within margins and lines
- Difficulty with sentence structure or following the basic to the rules of grammar when writing
- Difficulty expressing or organizing thoughts on paper
Dyspraxia – Difficulty Directing Movement and Coordination
Dyspraxia is a common developmental coordination disorder (DCD) that affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. People who suffer from a motor learning disability find movement and coordination problematic. It is a condition frequently accompanied by language problems, and even challenges with perception and thought. While dyspraxia does not affect intelligence, it can make learning difficult – especially for children.
This underdevelopment in the organization of movement hinders the brain’s ability to wholly transmit neural messages. All involved parts of the brain do not coordinate to efficiently process information. The result can be choppy reading, misread words, or difficulty handling silverware and playing catch. Learning Technics has specially developed exercises that will strengthen brain connections, allowing greater coordination.
Symptoms of Dyspraxia
The symptoms of dyspraxia vary depending on a child’s age and development. Some or all of these symptoms of dyspraxia may be present depending on different age groups.
- Difficulties with motor skills, such as poor balance (i.e., may frequently stumble, or appear clumsy)
- Difficulty coordinating both sides of the body
- Struggles with hand-eye coordination
- May exhibit sensitivity to loud noises or constant noises (such as tapping a pencil or the ticking of a clock)
- Difficulty with fine motor tasks such as coloring between the lines, accurately cutting, or putting puzzles together
- Sensitivity to rough scratchy, heavy, or tight clothing
What is a Nonverbal Learning Disorder?
Nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) is a learning disability characterized by difficulty recognizing and processing nonverbal cues such as body language, and facial expression. Children with NLD may also have difficulties understanding the nuances of conversation, and exhibit poor visuals, and motor performance.
Additionally, individuals with NLD have difficulties with understanding the combination of size, conceptualization, and position in space. For example, the ability to see the difference between two similar objects and determine if two shapes, colors, sizes, positions, or distances are the same or different. Not only can NLD affect the way an individual learns, but it also creates challenges for their social interactions and social awareness.
Symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
- Understands details but struggles to comprehend why the information is important (i.e. the big picture)
- Difficulties with reading comprehension and writing
- Difficulties with math (particularly with word problems)
- Struggles with coordination and other motor skills
- Struggles to understand social cues, such as verbal and/or nonverbal expressions
- Difficulty comprehending spatial awareness