The causal factors of learning disabilities are inconclusive; however, many neurosciences would agree that differences in neurological development, brain structure, and environmental factors may be contributing factors in the development of learning disabilities; research indicates that biological predisposition or hereditary factors could be a culprit in the development of learning disabilities. According to Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development," some reports estimate that as many as 15% to 20% of American are affected by learning disability and disorders...a major national study found that 5% of children in the united states had learning disabilities. It also found out that approximately 4% had both a learning disability and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD)."
Factors that contribute to learning disabilities
- Neurological development: It has become common knowledge that the average growth and development of the human brain continues until at or around the mid to late twenties. However, the growth and differentiation of neurons within the brain's structure vary between individual; which are influenced by multiple factors including, but not limited to heredity, and polysubstance abuse(alcohol or drug abuse) in Utero, or during the growth and development of an embryo, or fetus while in the womb.
- Environmental factors: some of which are: exposure to lead and poor nutrition in Utero and during other stages of growth and development.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: have your kids wear protective equipment during sporting events.
There are various types of learning disability, which have a profound impact on memory consolidation, memory recall, reading (dyslexia), the development of math and math related skills, etc. Therefore it is of the utmost of importance that parents recognize early warning signs and seek professional help thus increasing the probability of success for the child. It is my belief that through self-determination, and the development of a positive efficacy (a can-do attitude), and optimism. Individuals with a learning disability can overcome a great many of the symptom formation, and or the associated effects of learning disabilities. It is also my belief that when learning is intrinsically motivated ( learning because it's gratifying ) it arms individuals with the necessary tools enabling humans to reach their full potentiality. Therefore, surround yourself, and your loved ones' with a strong social support system. There is a negative stigma attached to learning disabilities so it is very important to be patient and supportive and avoid labeling which has the consequence of creating a self-fulfilled prophecy.
By G. Green
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