Are you aware that there is more to learning difficulties than dyslexia?

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There is more to learning difficulties than dyslexia

Take the Four Ds for example. Understanding dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia is no easy task, and that’s the reason we implore parents who suspect their children may present one or more of the following conditions to seek professional help.

We at Capulum College are here to help you recognise that there is more to learning difficulties than dyslexia. Dyslexia is the one most people are familiar with, but there’s more than dyslexia that can severely impact learning if not diagnosed – and learning is not adjusted appropriately. Our aim is to help each child with personalised individual attention.

learning difficultiesWe are reminded of the well-known tale about the man who was walking along the beach and noticed an older man pick up a stranded starfish and throw it back into the sea.
“Why do you bother?” the man asked him. “The beach goes on for miles and countless starfish get stranded every day. You can’t really make a difference.”
The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then he threw it to safety among the waves. “I can make a difference to this one,” he replied.
Many are familiar with this analogy we, however, focus on the countless children who feel stranded at school – for some, Capulum College can make a real difference.

Let’s take a look at the four conditions.

learning difficultiesDyslexia is the general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but do not affect general intelligence. This does not mean the dyslexic person has less than normal intelligence. It means that those affected have issues with processing graphics. Dyslexic learners can learn to read and write. With early intervention and specialised learning techniques, it is normal for most dyslexics to learn as well as someone who does not suffer from dyslexia.

Dysgraphia is a nervous- system problem that affects the fine motor skills needed to write. Learning to write words and sentences clearly and correctly is a key focus of a child’s elementary school years. All youngsters have some difficulty when it comes to writing and holding a pencil. If, however, your child’s handwriting is consistently distorted or unclear, this learning disability may be the cause. Organising letters, numbers, words and sentences can be very difficult for those that suffer from dysgraphia, but again, it can be treated with specialised learning techniques.

learning difficultiesDyscalculia makes it difficult to master maths concepts and tasks that involve maths. It’s not as well known or as well understood as dyslexia, but certain experts believe it is as common. People don’t outgrow dyscalculia. Children who have a hard time with maths may continue to struggle with it as adults. But there are strategies that can help them improve maths skills and manage the challenges – and they need this help because dyscalculia can make it difficult to do everyday tasks. Cooking, grocery shopping, and getting places on time all involve basic maths skills.

Dyspraxia is a childhood developmental disorder marked by clumsiness in otherwise healthy children. This developmental coordination disorder may occur alone or with other developmental disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and usually continues into adulthood. Symptoms include delays in sitting or walking, finding it difficult to jump or perform tasks such as tying shoelaces. Slightly slurred speech and short-term memory loss can also occur. Verbal dyspraxia describes a lowered ability to use speech sounds, which is usually the sign of a developmental delay, and can be separate from, or accompany, dyspraxia. Treatment includes occupational and physical therapies to improve coordination.

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