You Should Know About ADHD Learning Disabilities
Many people know about learning disabilities but only at a glance. A recent survey done by the National Center for Learning Disabilities suggests that almost all people know about Dyslexia, and only one third knew about other learning disabilities. Surprisingly, more than half believed that a learning disability could be corrected by simply wearing eyeglasses. Below are 7 facts you should know about disabilities that are important to know.
1. It’s For Life
Children will not grow out of having a learning disability. It is therefore beneficial for parents to get an early diagnosis so that certain accommodations can be put in place for the child – as well as assure them that they aren’t lazy or not trying hard enough.
2. No Blood Tests Or Medical Tests
Only trained professionals will be able to diagnose a child as having a learning disability. There are no blood tests that can pick up on it. The only other medical condition that could co-exist with a learning disability – is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
3. Clever Children Can Have a Learning Disability
Many parents have children who are clever, funny and creative – but they still struggle at school. It is, in fact, possible and very common that intelligent kids might struggle with a learning disability. The reason for this is that – a child with six strong cognitive skills and one very weak skill, can have been highly intelligent with a learning disability.
Trivia: Did you know that Thomas Edison had Dyslexia and Albert Einstein had ADHD?
4. Cognitive Delays Don’t Cause Learning Disabilities
According to a survey – around 43 percent of people surveyed, believed that IQ and learning disabilities are connected. Many aspects such as trauma, psychological issues, societal and economic disadvantages can provoke problems at school that seem like learning disabilities. These factors definitely do not cause learning disabilities.
According to the NCLD survey – 90 percent of survey takers were aware that dyslexia is a learning disability but only 80 percent understood what it actually was. Very few people knew about other types of learning disabilities such as – dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia.
5. ADHD Symptoms Are Different In Boys and Girls
ADHD is split up into three types: Innatentive, Impulsive/Hyperactive and combined. Hyperactivity and impulsivity are most common in boys, while girls struggle with inattentiveness and disorganization. These symptoms are disruptive in a school classroom – and often ADHD isn’t easily noticed in girls.
6. Exercise Helps with Learning
Studies have suggested that physical fitness has a positive impact on immediate and long-term memory and learning. According to studies, there is a link between obesity and academic failures in teenage girls. A regular fitness regime improves academic performance. It also suggests that IQ and cardiovascular fitness of a boy aged 18 can determine the risk if early-onset dementia later on.
7. Learning Disabilities Run In The Family
A child with ADHD will have about a one in four chance of having a parent or sibling with ADHD – same goes for siblings of kids with dyslexia, who have similar reading problems.