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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

28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge

Not all kids are born with their disabilities. As in the case of an accident a child may be left with a physical disability, sight or hearing loss, or a head injury. I was one of the kids who was left with a disability from an illness.

To tell you my story, I spent my early childhood on a farm in the South - in fact on the most northern southern plantation as it was written about in a Baltimore newspaper.

My contact with other kids was mostly limited to my 2 siblings and the 3 children of my mother's friend. The whole gang of us went shopping on Friday mornings to the A&P, then went back to my mother's friend's house where we spent the afternoon before my mom took us home in time to fix dinner.

So, in those times kids started in the public schools in 1st grade - no kindergarten available yet. I began mixing with the school kids at age 5 and that first year came down with both the red measles and chicken pox, then secondary ear infections that left me deaf for a month. I was treated with shots of penicillin every other day for the ear infections.

When I made it back to school it was assumed I was hearing fully again. But I didn't find out till in my early 40s that I had a 30 decibel hearing loss. The doctor told me I had been reading lips all those years as my hearing had gradually returned to that level.

You might wonder how a student with a hearing loss could go undetected all the way through school. Well, what I did is compensate by sitting front row center in the classrooms and paying very close attention to what I could see.

I became what I now call a visual and kinesthetic learner. But it is hard to know if those were my natural ways of learning as I love to listen to classical music and read.

One of my early problems after the hearing loss was trying to learn phonics. I was almost retained in 1st grade for not catching on. I learned by memorizing the whole word, which actually was a good coping strategy - I won the 5th grade spelling bee. And I excelled in sciences where I memorized graphs, drawings and charts - all visual learning.

With the kinesthetic approach being much easier for me than listening to verbal directions I also excelled in dance, later becoming a Dance Specialist - one of the loves of my life. And all the while I did not know I had a hearing disability.

The point is, when a child goes through a change like an accident or sickness it would be good for them to have sight and hearing checks afterward and at regular intervals to see if they need adaptations or special help. Some learning disabilities cannot be seen or are acquired during life, and I was a case in point.

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.