DOES YOUR CHILD PERFORM POORLY IN SCHOOL?
If you are a parent or a teacher you would have had to deal with a difficult child who you would label as lazy, distracted, inattentive, or just plain dumb.
Could it be possible that this child is not all what you think him to be because of his choice? He might be just helpless because of a specific state of mind...
This child could be a RELUCTANT LEARNER, SLOW LEARNER or a SPECIAL LEARNER. (Click below to know more)
A special learner is referred to a child with learning disability. Although classified as a ‘disability’, a learning disability can prove to be a special gift if recognized at an early stage. It is not a disease that can be cured with the right medicine but it is just a unique state of mind.
It simply means the child is special and needs to be treated specially.
In India, researchers say 10% of children suffer from learning disabilities. The four most common learning disabilities that exist among children in India are
Dyslexia – Dyslexia affects the child’s ability to read, write and spell.
Dysgraphia – A child with Dysgraphia shows handwriting difficulties. His thoughts will be ahead of his writing and hence the writing becomes messy and illegible. Although the content is good, it is ignored.
Dyscalculia- Mathematical skills vary from child to child. But in some cases the child finds it severely difficult to understand mathematical concepts. This is a learning disability that is often ignored.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)- Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the major symptoms of ADHD according to the Dyslexia association of India
THE SPECIAL CHILD
This special child has an intelligence level that often is above average. He might show difficulties to concentrate or to pick up certain subjects but that doesn’t mean he has a lower IQ. It only means that the brain of this special child is wired in such a way that he/she has to be taught not in the conventional manner adopted in schools but using a different teaching style that connects with the child.
The special child has his own special strengths that needs to be correctly identified and encouraged. He can be creative, intuitive, artistic and could have many other such abilities that needs to be rightly tapped.
MOTIVATION IS THE KEY
The child can put forward his best show only if he is motivated. He needs to know that he is not what common people think him to be. If you push him into the mold he won’t stay because he is special and won’t fit into the regular mold. Trying to fit him will only handicap him and drain him of his confidence and bring him to a state of utter depression. He will never be able to reach the heights of his capabilities.
Did you know? Some of the most successful people like Thomas Alva Edison, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Bill Gates, all had learning difficulties.
At ‘Youth India’
We believe that every special child needs to know that there is so much more to them than what they can see. Giving up is not the way out….we stand by them and tell them “YOU CAN!”
A Reluctant learner avoids challenges and just somehow wants to move on. They have the potential but they are sluggish, they don’t seem to care and are difficult to ignite to action. These kind of Learners should be motivated and disciplined. Reluctant learners do not have a learning disability.
A slow learner unlike a reluctant learner initially wants to learn but cannot simply pull himself through the process. Most slow learners acquire this problem by birth. They have an IQ level that is lower than average. An average IQ is 100. A slow learner scores between 70 and 90 for IQ tests. Less than 70 is considered mentally retarded. A slow learner is not mentally retarded.
A special learner or a child with learning disability is defined as a child who is not performing to their level of intelligence. For example, if a child’s IQ is 100 but their reading level is 80, then the child has a Reading Learning Disability. They are reading 20 points below their IQ.