At Imagine If, we design tailored therapy programs for children with learning disabilities who are currently attending mainstream educational settings.
The four most common learning disabilities are
- Dyslexia (reading issues),
- Attention deficit disorders (ADHD),
- Nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD), and
- Executive function disorder (EFD)
Contrary to what some people think, children with LD are smart, talented, and resourceful; they just learn differently.
The term learning disabilities (LD) refers to an array of problems that cause bright and capable children to have difficulty learning using teaching methods found in most traditional classrooms.
While the underlying cause of LD remains a mystery, experts agree that it is neurologically based, meaning it results from differences in the way the brain is wired and processes information.
Although LD cannot be outgrown or "cured," it can be compensated for and remediated. The most important issue here is one of ensuring proper diagnosis and treatment. The better we understand the nature of your child's learning difficulties, the greater our chances are of helping them succeed academically and socially.
Below is an introduction to the most common learning disabilities; these may exist alone or in combination.
DYSLEXIAMany learning disabilities involve language. These language-based learning disabilities, also referred to as dyslexia may show up as problems with reading, writing (dysgraphia), spelling, speaking, listening, and/or math (dyscalculia). Additional specific learning disabilities (SLD) include perceptual disabilities, or brain injury. It's important to understand that children with LD may be highly intelligent and have considerable strengths upon which to build.
NONVERBAL LEARNING DISABILITIESIn contrast to language learning disabilities, children with nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD) have difficulties with visual and spatial relations, which impact their ability to learn from nonverbal information. Kids with NLD often have trouble understanding the "big picture," and because social interaction relies heavily on the exchange of nonverbal cues (e.g. body language, facial cues), children with NLD may be socially awkward.
ADHDAlthough it is not included in the term specific learning disabilities, ADHD involves problems regulating attention, which occurs often among children with learning disabilities. If not treated, ADHD interferes significantly with a child's ability to learn and function in school, on the playground, and at home.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION DISORDERExecutive Function Disorder (EFD) refers to difficulties carrying out the tasks that are a part of daily life-the ability to plan, organize, set goals, solve problems, regulate emotions, and monitor behaviour. Because these skills are fundamental to what goes on in the classroom as well as in other settings, children with EFD often have significant problems in school and, as they grow older, in life.
Learning disabilities are not the result of
- Low intelligence
- Poor instruction
- Lack of motivation
- Emotional disturbances
- Seeing or hearing problems
THE IMAGINE-IF DIFFERENCEIf speech-language therapy is indicated based on our evaluations or based on referrals from other professionals, a highly tailored therapy service will be provided at Imagine-If to ensure an optimal outcome. Therapy may be conducted in a one-to-one setting or in a group based on the child's specific needs. The most important objective of having your child attend sessions at Imagine-If, is to ensure real, functional progress in your child's overall abilities in the shortest time-frame possible. Real results take patience and the desire to problem-solve to get to the crux of your child's issues. Once we understand your child's issues fully, progress will be natural and ongoing since we will address the heart of the matter.
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