It is frustrating. The other kids get it, but you don’t. Sometimes the words on the page and the sounds they make don’t match or the numbers are in the wrong order. You have to spend more time than everyone else and this doesn’t feel fair. You get embarrassed or afraid that you will get it wrong again. It makes you want to give up. It makes you feel isolated and alone.
Learning disorders may be limited to one area, or it may encompass many.
- Reading problems can include difficulties with reading accuracy, reading rate or fluency, and reading comprehension. Dyslexia refers to learning difficulties related to word recognition, decoding and spelling.
- Problems with written expression can include difficulties with spelling, grammar and punctuation, and with clarity or organization of written expression. Dysgraphia is a term used to describe difficulties with handwriting.
- Problems with math can include difficulties with number sense, memorizing math facts, math calculations or math reasoning/problem solving. Dyscalculia is a term used to describe difficulties learning math facts and performing math calculations.
The art depicts the overwhelming frustration of being unable to connect with the concepts, symbols, and tools by which others communicate knowledge and ideas.
“I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.” – Winston Churchill
“My teachers say I’m addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.” – Thomas Edison
Most brains with learning disorders have communication issues between pairs of regions that need to be coordinated. Coherence and phase neurofeedback can help to correct these timing issues. However, neurofeedback alone will not “teach” the brain new skills – it will prepare the brain to more efficiently and effectively process those skills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help to introduce new ways of engaging with the world to regain hope and to develop the persistence and self-confidence needed to continue skill development. We welcome working with your ADA or helping you find one to help transfer the specific skills at home in between sessions.