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An outlook on Specific Learning Disability

If your child struggles with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, or math, take a note of the specific issues you see. These can be the signs of Specific Learning Disability (SLD).

Your child might be weak in some specific subject areas like reading, writing or Maths. This can be the result of SLD whereby a student has significant difficulty in one academic area while coping well, or even excelling, in other areas of academic, sporting or artistic achievement.

A specific learning disability is a disorder that interferes with a student’s ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.

Students with a specific learning disability may struggle with Reading (Dyslexia) Writing (Dysgraphia) Math (Dyscalculia) or Co-ordination- (Dyspraxia) And many others

Learning disorders, if not recognized and managed, can cause problems throughout a person’s life. These problems include increased risk of greater psychological distress, poorer mental health, dropping out of school and unemployment.

There are around 13 to 14 per cent of all school children suffering from special learning disorders In India.

SIGNS OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES Difficulty reading Difficulty understanding the meaning of what is read Difficulty with spelling Difficulty understanding number concepts & calculation Difficulty with mathematical reasoning

It is not certain why & how SLD is caused, but the reasons could be hereditary, complications during pregnancy, consumption of alcohol, smoking during pregnancy or some severe accident or injury. The sooner your child’s learning issue is identified, the sooner you can arrange for the proper interventions.

Though it is believed there is no cure for learning disorders but early intervention can reduce the effect & can develop ways to cope up with these disabilities. As a parent, you should be cautious about treatments that are promoted as a cure for learning disabilities. Many medical interventions are unproven, ineffective and are extremely costly with no independent research.

The Model Centre of Children with Special Needs (MCCWSN) is a response of Margdarsi to find solution for Childhood disorders that cause disability. Our experts help building on the child’s strengths and finding ways to compensate for the child’s weaknesses.

Our interventions vary depending on the nature and extent of the disability. We provide the least restrictive environment to a child for appropriate results. This means the teaching environment meets a child’s needs and skills while minimizing restrictions to typical learning experiences.

MCCWSN provides varieties of rehabilitation therapies to reduce the SLD effects. These include:

Occupational Therapy- It helps the children suffering from Dysgraphia (those who have trouble using their hands) & also with sensory processing issues. Our occupational therapists work with the children to practice physical skill that makes them move confidently & creatively.

Educational Therapy- Our educational therapists are more than just tutors. The teaching modules are built to work with & around the child’s learning issues.

Speech Therapy- Helps the children with dyspraxia (Language- based issues). Our speech therapist work closely with the children who have difficulties in communicating & understanding what they hear.

Our Social Skill Group- We help the children with behavioral issues & teach them how to start conversation & control their emotions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)- It is very effective way of coping with the effects of anxiety & depression in the children who are very impulsive.

The overall treatment by our well qualified professionals is primarily focused on eliminating the results & signs of Learning Disorders. As a parent, you know your child best, and it’s up to you to get the evaluation process in motion. Early the intervention, better the results.

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