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Learning Difficulties

What are learning difficulties?

Learning difficulties are neurologically based skills that can interfere with basic tasks such as reading, writing, or processing information.  From attention to organization and reasoning, these difficulties must be recognized at an earlier age as they can affect a person’s capability of working with and understanding the world around them.  It can also impact one’s relationship with family, classmates, and friends in both school and the workplace.

 

The diagnosis for various learning disabilities is not simple and must be looked over carefully.  Just because you’re child is not sufficient enough in a school subject does not instantly mean they have this disability.  Traits such as struggling to read or write properly at an older age may be evidence that they have learning disabilities.  Also struggling to comprehend basic numbers and math may also be other evidence.

 

Different kinds of Learning Difficulties:

  1. Dyscalculia

    • Has difficulty understanding and completing word problems.

    • Has difficulty understanding simple math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division tables.

    • Has difficulty handling and counting money.

    • Has difficulty remembering months especially counting them.

  2. Dyslexia

    • Has trouble reading or reads very slowly.

    • Has trouble with reading comprehension.

    • Has difficulty with handwriting.

    • Has trouble with spelling.

  3. Auditory Processing Disorder (APG)

    • Processes thoughts slowly and has trouble explaining ideas.

    • Easily distracted by background noises.

    • Difficulty with focusing on presentations.

    • Has difficulty processing rapid speech.

In our busy and fast paced world of education and work, it is a definite requirement to be able to process information quickly, and to be able to carry out tasks with no problem.  The demand for people with neurological skills is a must.  But if someone that you know has a clear learning disability such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, will it be the end for them in the working world?  The answer is clearly ‘no’.  It cannot be cured, but can be gradually treated and managed for using special methods that suit the patient.

 

I.M. Treatment for Learning Difficulties:

The interactive metronome (I.M.) method has been a proven to be an effective solution to some learning disabilities.  Through the interactive methods that the patients experience, their neural and cognitive abilities are further improved, speeding up their thought process and enabling them to concentrate better, especially students listening in a classroom with many distractions.  This treatment is particularly beneficial to children who struggle to keep up in school so that they can overcome their weaknesses such as slower thinking and distractedness.  Some reports suggested that the interactive metronome also improved certain student’s math and reading skills, letting them achieve higher grades in school.  Other related disabilities such as ADHD and ADD have been treated and maintained using the I.M. treatment.

 

NEP Treatment for Learning Difficulties

We read with our eyes and ears. Reading requires the ears and eyes to work together synchronously. As your eyes move from letter to letter your ear (cochlea) translates each letter into a sound. The vestibular system coordinates the eye movements and aids the synchronicity of the eyes and ears. The ear plays a unique and critical role in our learning. The positive effects of good listening are far-reaching and are based on key physiological understandings, which have become known over the last few decades. ​Listening is a high level cognitive function connecting the ear to a healthy brain. At first glance, it appears as if our ears, our eyes and inner ear (balance) work independently – and that they have their own discreet neurological pathways that co-ordinate or manages each individual function.This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each of these three systems talks to and receives information from the other two systems at all times. The elaborate communication system between these three major senses must be coordinated smoothly and efficiently for optimal functioning to occur. This communication is achieved through what is called an integrated system: auditory, visual and vestibular (balance).

 

Given these 3 functions, one can see how important the vestibular system is to our sense of balance, our posture and muscle development, and the eye tracking ability required for learning.  Tomatis proved, and we now understand, that if you change the ear, you affect all of the body's major organs. These changes, in turn, can produce revolutionary changes in how we function. People of all ages can imagine new possibilities, expand their capabilities, and realize their dreams.  Give yourself a chance to improve your listening and experience a difference to your potential development.