Many childhood learning difficulties slip by unnoticed. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia problems with spelling, reading, writing and maths are the most common. Statistics show that one in five children suffer from dyslexia and these either express themselves visually or auditory in terms of processing abilities.
It often happens that the child struggles on even into highschool and it is only discovered by ‘accident’ that there are problems. Children are often accused of being unfocused, inattentive and lazy when in reality there could be a problem.
This is not to give them an excuse of course for not doing their work, but if your child is not at least getting some reasonable marks, and seems to be making an effort, you need to take a look maybe at what is happening. Children who lack psychological motivation have very valid reasons for it. Remember also that children are not often aware as to what is happening in our adult world and put their own misconceptions and connotations onto situations which may not be the case.
An example is a mother who is perhaps not well and needs to spend time attending to her health, going to appointments with the result the child is in child care and due to mum’s illness when the child is home dad does housework and cooking while mum rests or is in bed. Even a short time of this scenario, while a very valid circumstance, can sometimes build an idea of abandonment in the child’s mind. Similarly if dad is away at work interstate and the children are missing him then obviously it is possible for them to come to the wrong conclusions that dad has ‘left them’. All this will and can affect the way a child performs in school despite the fact the abandonment is not ‘real’. In their child’s mind it could be. They may not understand our adult explanations and of course we cannot interrupt the things we need to do in our life simply to cater to their misconceptions.
On the other hand if there is a real problem like auditory dyslexia, for example, there may be auditory processing difficulties. These children can hear but not process the sounds in words. If they have visual processing disabilities it is not that there is a vision problem but trouble in processing fine detail of print such as confusing ‘b, d’ and ‘on with no’.
There are specialists who can help children once auditory dyslexia is diagnosed but since many children go through stages where they have problems with spelling or aggressive behaviour and lack of attention it becomes difficult to diagnose. However, by preschool age it becomes evident if your child’s attention span is short. In the early school years you can test for ADHD and medication may be needed if the child’s behaviour is disruptive but it should be used with other strategies and special diet.
Parents should be concerned if the child’s behaviour is interfering with their learning and the school counsellor will be able to put you in touch with special support classes or special schools. Natural ways to treat learning disabilities is through an eating plan specifically designed for your child from your natural health practitioner using vitamin therapy and glyconutrients. There are amazing inroads being made with the new glyconutrient studies that are being done around the world in promoting inter-cellular communication. Also many companies are coming up with nice tasting squishy type fish oils that kids see more as a fun thing. Fish oil is wonderful for children’s brain power and if we can start them on a vitamin supplement when they are young we are putting them in good stead for the years ahead when their diet may be lacking in the teenage years.