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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?

Learning difficulties or really a disability, is there a difference?

My opinion after years as a dance specialist working in the regular classroom part time teaching academics kinesthetically is that almost every student has difficulty at some time doing something. And if they usually get it right after a short period then they are learning on an upward curve, without being pulled aside and labeled difficult learner or learning disabled.

Then there are students who have difficulties in more specific ways that affects that learning curve, slowing progress down as a whole to the point that some investigation is recommended to see just where the problem is, and what steps will help the student cope with academics. Academics that are only going to get more complicated as the grades advance.

To me, pulling kids out for testing when they are consistently struggling makes more sense then giving extra homework hoping they'll somehow learn at home. Getting to the root of the problem and applying the latest help gives the student a chance to succeed with more advanced academics in the future, more likely leading to a more productive citizen in society.

For example, if a student has difficulty printing or writing they may excel at the keyboard. So, give them a computer to get their work done. After all, in addition to filling in paper forms not much else needs good penmanship. Even paper forms are becoming obsolete.

And students who have trouble with math may find the hand held calculator a lifesaver for everyday and more advanced functions, and in daily life invaluable in the market computing the best price for an item.

Learning disabled students need and deserve all the resources available to use to help them have a level playing field as adults. After all, it is success in school that propels us into adulthood with skills to live independent lives, contributing to the healthy functioning of society.

Let's give our students the best we have to offer to be successful in the world. The school years are a time to make a difference in helping students grow to the best of their abilities, overcoming the limitations they may have been born with or fell victim to in accidents or illness early on.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.