Learning problems are not about losing the battle. Remedial aid is about giving your child wings.

Characteristics of children with learning problems

The term Learning Problems is used to facilitate the potpourri of terms used to describe the child who experience difficulties at school and at home and is seemingly a normal child. Common terms are dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD/ ADD.

Attention deficit

Attention deficit manifests in two ways:

  • She pays attention to everything in his surroundings
  • She daydreams, so the attention is directed inwardly.

This results in an inability to order her thoughts logically either in spoken or written language. In turn it has a detrimental influence on her motivation or co-operation or complete tasks.

Auditory and Visual perception

This refers to the child’s ability to assimilate the knowledge acquired by either the visual or auditory modality. It must be borne in mind that that both modalities can be affected. Be aware that this is not necessarily due to an eye defect or partial hearing. It refers to how the brain process the information received.

A problem with visual and auditory perception can result in for example:

  • discrimination problems
  • memory difficulties
  • Problematic analysis and synthesis
  • Poor organization
  • Spatial relations and spatial orientation

This can result in

  • Poor left –right discrimination
  • Reversals like b/d
  • Rotations like m/w
 

Social Perception

The child has a problem to analyse a social situation correctly.

He is not sensitive to the atmosphere of a social situation.

He makes inapplicable remarks or reacts in a way not acceptable to the situation. He is often described as disruptive.

Impaired movement

The child is often slightly clumsy (struggle with ball sense, jungle gym, riding a bicycle); he has poor balance and co-ordination.

This problem is most often seen in his handwriting. Impaired movement has severe results for his self image, sport activities and resulting peer group interaction.

Emotional development

Because the child does not fulfill his intellectual potential, he almost always experiences emotional problems.

The child can exhibit the following emotional traits:

  • Aggressive behavior
    This can include playing the clown, outbursts of anger, nagging, teasing and bullying, and tale telling.
  • Passive behaviour
    The child is embarrassed by reading aloud in the class or taking part in group activities. He may also start stuttering. Thus necessitates the aid of a speech therapist.
  • Dishonest behavior
    Dishonest behavior is often based on the premise that other people will believe him. It must be borne in mind that the origin of dishonest behavior often has other causes like compensating for lack of love or material needs. The following types of dishonest behavior may be encountered: lies, stealing and plagiarising in tests.