According to the American Academy of Pediatrics that, for one to have a better understanding on how it’s like to have a learning difficulty, learning difficulty among children can be likened to “a distorted television picture caused by technical problems at the station. There is nothing wrong with the TV camera at the station or the TV set in your home. Something in the internal workings of the TV station prevents it from presenting a good picture.”
Why I tackled this topic was simple: I wanted to help parents who have this kind of problem with their children. Remember that I, too, am a parent although I don’t encounter learning difficulties with my three-year old son that other parents have been experiencing for their own children. Let me tell you that learning difficulty is reversible, as long as there is willingness on the part of the parents to do something about it.
Children with learning difficulties appear to be just like any normal kids around. They can see and hear just fine and have no problem socializing with other children. But, as what the American Pediatrics Society said, “the problem occurs in the brain after the eyes and ears have done their job.”
There’s no single surefire formula of treating children with a learning difficulty but, as what I’ve said earlier, it is reversible which means there are ways you can help them cope with it. And who would have thought that the phenomenal genius in the person of Albert Einstein suffered learning difficulties with arithmetic as a child. It only proves that learning difficulties can be fixed. You may start trying to apply the following methods, but it’s still best and advisable that you consult professionals or experts of this field in the first place:
- Observe your child if he or she is showing signs of having difficulty learning with even the most simple of tasks given. Once you found out that your suspicion is right, that your child is having difficulty learning over a particular thing or two, don’t jump up quickly to the conclusion that he or she may have a brain disorder as well. It may be just that he or she is merely lacking the background or the training to handle the situation or task.
- You can talk to your child’s teacher, when your child is already started schooling when you start to suspect something about the learning difficulties he might have had, to see if the teacher thinks there’s a need for special testing concerning him.
- Always look for activities that will benefit your children like, for example, helping them create or make different sizes of paper boxes or paper planes and make them as colorful and as creative as you can. This method may help stimulate your children’s learning capability and as a way to address the problem in its earliest stage.
- Consult your pediatrician and discuss the problem with him or her. They are professionals in that field and they sure know what to do about it. You can start promoting the spirit of cooperation by working together with your pediatrician. After all, it’s for your child’s own good.