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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

24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities

When kids lounge around and look like they're being lazy it may be learning disabilities causing them to avoid schoolwork and homework.

If your child seemed happy before school age, then after time made excuses to avoid school assignments, it is worth looking into to see if the challenges of the regular work is causing confusion and a struggle.

Seek out professional testing to see if laziness or an undiagnosed learning disability is at the root of trying to avoid the assignment.

Kids think of all kinds of excuses to avoid academics, but maybe it is because they really can't do what they are putting off tackling. And to the observer it looks like they are being lazy.

An easier learning disability to observe is Attention Deficit Disorder. But even this may just be one seemingly overwhelming disability masking another. Kids can have more than one learning disability.

One of my relatives has ADD and Irlen's Syndrome in combination. He is an adult now who has put the energy to productive use and wears special lenses that aid the Irlen's Syndrome. A happy ending.

Some signs children may be not lazy, but just unable to grasp the academic work, followed by what the learning disability might be are:

- Have trouble getting into and completing a task requiring reading: Dyslexia.

- Be unable to recount the order of events in a story; have trouble comprehending the message in a story, even though being able to read the words at or above grade level: Hyperlexia.

- Confusing symbols, letters and numbers. Can you imagine what a challenge even simple math is with this disability: Dyscalculia.

- Headaches while reading or after reading: Irlen Syndrome.

- Poor or sloppy handwriting leading to the avoidance of writing assignments: Dysgraphia.

- Ask inappropriate "w" words such as who, what, when, why: Hyperlexia.

To help develop the whole child, rather than just the academic child I recommend finding an extracurricular activity they are interested in and can excel in, such as a sport, artwork, or music - singing or musical instrument.

Let the child try out several avenues at an after-school program or community center to see where their talent lies. Self-esteem is helped along tremendously by being successful in an activity!

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.