LEARNING DISABILITIES AND DEVELOPMENT DELAYS

What is a learning disability? Some include Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, also specific learning disorders (SLD's). Workshop provides input on identification of some learning disabilities.

EXCERPT FROM LEARNING DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

Developmental Delays

All parents’ desire for their children to grow up healthy and wholesome, but sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances such ideal growth may not be forthcoming as expected. This is usually identified through delayed growth in certain areas that will act as alarm bells for the parents.

The Factors

When there is evidence of developmental delays in the growth process of the child, the step should be taken immediately to explore options that may help to reverse such negativity and instead put the child back on the right growth pattern.

However, in doing so, parents should also be aware that it may not always be possible to rectify these delays which inadvertently effect the ideal growth of the child.

When this becomes evident, then the next course of action would be to learn to cope as best as possible both for the sake of the child and for the harmony of the entire family unit.

Some of the areas that are usually significantly observed for its delayed growth are language and speech, vision, movements constituting motor skills, social and emotional skills and thinking skills which would be recognised under the cognitive skills platform.