5 Learning Differences In Elementary School Children

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5 Learning Differences In Elementary School Children   

Although commonly regarded as a disability, learning differences in children are not actually a form of disability. It is just a perfect example to show that we are not all the same. We are all wired differently and our abilities differ. There are lots of children in elementary schools in America and all across the world who suffer from learning differences and most of the time it goes unnoticed.

Here are the most common forms of learning disabilities in children in elementary school and the common symptoms characterising the learning differences. It is important to notice these differences from an early age so that the students can get special attention to help them be at par with the rest of the students. Here are 5 learning differences in elementary school children

1.  Visual Processing Disorder

This is the disability in which students in elementary school experience difficulties in interpreting visual data and information of any nature. Information such as charts, symbols, pictorials and graphs. They find it hard to understand to relate between the maths formulas and the maths representation on the graphs and pictures.

2. Difficulty in reading (dyslexia)

This is a common learning disability where students in elementary school have trouble in reading out words and sentences. These students find it to understand the differences between various sounds and words. They can hardly relate the association between words and the various vowel sounds. They hardly grasp the meanings of the words and the ideas that they are taught and they have limited vocabularies. They hardly engage with others and are fidgety in everything they do.

3. Dyscalculia

This is a learning difference associated with difficulties in doing and solving math problems. Most children in elementary school actually suffer from this learning difference without their knowledge. Such kids struggle with not only solving math problems but find it hard to memorize the numerous concepts and formulas in maths. They struggle with the simplest of math problems and such students will look insecure during math classes.

4. Auditory Processing Disorder

This is a disorder in which the student struggles with picking up differences in different sound. They get no differences between sounds especially sounds which are closely related in articulation. Although this is a common problem, it is often not picked up quickly and teachers will hardly identify it in students with the learning difference. This is because such students don’t even know that they are perceiving the sounds wrongly. They struggle with comprehension of text, hardly understand spoken languages and poor communication skills.

5. Difficulties with spoken language (Dysphasia)

The other common learning difference in elementary school is dysphasia. This is the inability to understand and communicate well using a spoken language. Whether it’s their first language or not, kids with this learning difference find it hard to verbally communicate with other people and sentence construction is a major problem. They can hardly construct a sentence that makes sense and their speeches lack fluency.

Students suffering from these problems need to be guided and helped in order to be on the same level with the other students in elementary school who don’t have the learning differences. They might be insecure and may look fidgety during the classes, but with proper guidance and attention they will understand and embrace their differences. Help students in elementary school with learning differences and help them excel in school from an early age.