Today, approximately 2.4 million school-aged children in the U.S. are identified as having specific learning disabilities (SLD) and receive some kind of special education support. These numbers do not include children in private and religious schools or those who are home-schooled.
What are Learning Disabilities?
“LDs affect the brains ability to receive, process, store, respond to, and communicate information. LDs are actually a group of disorders not a single disorder.”
The challenges with a learning disability challenge ones performance in school, at home, and at work.
Four Common Misconceptions:
1. Learning disabilities are not the same as intellectual disabilities (individuals with special needs), sensory impairments (visual of hearing), or autism spectrum disorders.
2. LD's are not something one grows out of, they are something one adapts to and overcomes.
3. ADHD is not an LD and the two are often confused. 1 in 3 people with LDs have ADD or ADHD.
4. People can often have more then one LD. Everyone is different and can have a unique mix of LDs at varying levels of severity.
Information Provided by National Center for Learning Disabilities: http://www.ncld.org
The NCLD has a great chart to help us start by recognizing the characteristics of learning challenges:
When we think of our nation's dilemma regarding education, we must take into consideration a single variable when making our choices: the kids.
We know that learning styles are different for every student regardless of an LD. In Addition, with close to 3 million students with an LD, needing to take different steps to learn, we can be pretty confident that blanket teaching styles and standardized schooling simply cannot be a successful solution.
SRP books are made for those who think a bit different. When I create books and materials I am doing so for those 1 in 7.
After all, I represent one of those learners myself.
Let's take this head on and overcome together! It can be done!
Note from SRP:
Here is to a world of thinking a little bit different. A world of imagination, innovation, encouragement, intelligence, and creativity! Let's get learning!