When you first discover you have a child with special needs it can be a harrowing time. A period of evaluations and seeking second opinions ensue before you begin to come to terms with the situation. Regardless of the diagnosis your child may have, early intervention is critical which cant be a combination of behavioral therapies and physical training. The question of how to educate a child with learning differences weighs on every parent’s mind.
What is a Learning Difference?
A broad term that includes disabilities, disorders, or differences in how people process information and learn. A growing body of evidence arising out of the field of neurodiversity has revealed that there is a very wide range of variability in the human brain. Some of these variations, while causing difficulties in particular areas like reading, can also bring capabilities in other areas.
Brain-based learning and attention issues such as ADHD and Dyslexia affect an estimated one in five children in the U.S., according to The National Center for Learning Disabilities. That means their parents, educators and therapists, and eventually, their employers, are affected as well.
Learning disabilities stem from neurological differences in brain structure and function that “affect a person’s ability to receive, store, process, retrieve, or communicate information.” The most common types affect reading, math, and written expression, and include ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and associated disorders such as auditory or visual processing deficits, executive function deficits, and nonverbal learning disabilities.
How do you educate a child with Learning Difference?
Parents badly need resources to evaluate options and hold institutions accountable. We hope to provide a little help with this.
This site is meant to serve as a resource for parents looking to evaluate public schools across Texas for special education services. We aim to provide an easily understandable scorecard in order to drive transparency as well as accountability.
Source: The National Center for Learning Disabilities