Understanding A Learning Disability
A learning disability can best be understood as a permanent problem which affects a person with average to above average intelligence, in the way that the person receives, stores, and processes information. But, there are a lot of misconceptions among many people regarding learning disabilities. Here are some of them:
People think that a learning disability will go away in time. But, this is not the truth. However, one can learn a number of ways to deal with the problem. For instance, kids who find difficulty in taking notes in class can record the class on audiotape. Teachers can also make an effort to make copies of the notes they are lecturing from. Or, when the notes are written on an overhead transparency during the lecture, they can be copied after class and given to the student. As for the students who have trouble reading, they can use tapes. Tapes for the textbooks are found through the publishing companies.
People also have a misconception that a person with a learning disability has a low IQ. The truth is that a person with a learning disability possesses an average or above average IQ. There are many people who are very smart, but they cannot learn.
This is also wrong to think that a person with a learning disability is lazy. There has to be a particular reason as to why the person with learning disability doesn't learn the way he should. The answer to this may be hi brain doesn't process the information the right way. He may process information much slower than other people. Or he may not process what he sees effectively. Some people can't process what they hear and see. On the other hand, there are some people who can't remember information unless it's repeated again and again, and some people have real trouble getting the information out of that filing system they have in their brain.