Learning difficulties occur when the mind fails to process certain information. Neurological changes affect the way the brain receives, processes, or stores information. This results in difficulties with reading and writing or doing math. Hence, specialists can discover learning difficulties at early ages, mostly among school children. However, in some cases, a person with a learning difficulty may hide it or not know about it until later on in college or at work.
Causes of Learning Disability
Though learning difficulties seem to appear in families, yet there is no scientific evidence that it is genetic. However, brain development before and after birth may lead to learning difficulties. Premature birth, low birth weight, and head injuries may cause learning difficulties. Moreover, environmental factors such as toxins and malnutrition may also affect an individual’s learning abilities/disabilities.
Individuals with learning disabilities usually have average to above average intelligence. Though 20% of these people ability to focus is affected by their disability, yet, most of them succeed to hide it. Thus another name for this disability is “hidden disability”.
Learning disabilities can be verbal (difficulty in reading and writing words), or non-verbal (challenged by visual and abstract concepts). Some learning disabilities are: Dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory or language processing disorder.
People with learning difficulties experience anxiety, anger, or/and stress. These can have detrimental consequences on individuals more than their academic or other performance. Counselors use research based techniques to help people with learning difficulties. They use techniques that help overcome difficulties. Contact our therapists to help you.