Natural treatments for adult and child learning disabilities and learning disorders.
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What is a Learning Disorder?
A learning disorder is a neurological disorder that affects the ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information.
Children with learning disorders may be just as intelligent or even of greater intelligence than their peers, but often struggle to learn as rapidly as those around them.
Problems associated with mental health and learning disabilities often include difficulty in reading, writing, spelling, recalling, and reasoning, as well as impaired motor skills and problems with mathematical concepts.
Children with untreated learning disorders often fall behind at school and miss out on the fundamental building blocks needed for further learning. Their self esteem can also be affected as they see themselves trying harder than other children, but not getting the reward of good grades or praise from their parents and teachers.
Similarly, an untreated learning disability can cause great psychological anguish for an adult.
While this is often a life-long condition for which there is no quick-fix cure, there are many learning solutions in which a person can be trained to cope with mental health and learning disabilities, and still succeed.
Dyslexia – is a learning disorder that affects reading and/or writing ability. This is a language-based disability where a person has trouble understanding written words.
Dyscalculia – is a learning disorder that affects mathematical ability. A person with dyscalculia often has difficulty solving math problems and grasping the basic concepts of arithmetic.
Dysgraphia – is a disability in writing, regardless of the ability to read. People with dysgraphia often struggle with writing the shapes of letters or writing within a defined space. This may also be accompanied by other fine motor-skill difficulties.
Auditory and visual processing disorders – these are learning disorders involving sensory disabilities. While a person may be able to see and/or hear normally, these disorders prevent them from making sense of what they see and hear. They will often have difficulties in understanding language, either written or auditory (or both).
Nonverbal learning disabilities – these learning disorders result in problems with visual-spatial, motor, and organizational skills. Commonly they result in difficulties in comprehending nonverbal communication and interactions, which can result in social problems.
Specific language impairment (SLI) – a developmental disorder affecting language acquisition and usage.
Diagnosing a Learning Disorder
Since children’s brains are more flexible than adults, they can often learn new strategies and are able to re-train their minds to think in more constructive ways. Because this brain elasticity decreases with age, it is important to seek help as early as possible.
As a general rule, the younger the age of diagnosis of mental and learning disabilities, the more successful the treatment will be. Children who are diagnosed in kindergarten can often completely overcome their problems with remedial help.
Those diagnosed only in later school years may be taught ways of compensating for the disability and techniques to help them cope – but the likelihood of completely overcoming the disorder decreases with time.
What Causes a Learning Disorder?
No one is absolutely sure what causes learning disorders.
Research has shown that there are a number on factors which may play a role, for instance:
- Genetics – Learning disorders tend to run in families.
- Brain development and damage – Some research has shown that learning disabilities may be caused by problems in brain development, both before and after birth. Low birth weight, lack of oxygen, maternal drug or alcohol abuse, smoking during pregnancy, premature birth, malnutrition, as well as poor prenatal care may be involved with the development of learning disabilities. Young children who sustain head injuries may also be at risk of developing a learning disorder.
- Environmental factors - Environmental toxins have been implicated as a possible cause of learning disorders. The developing fetus, infants, and young children are especially vulnerable to the damage caused by these toxins. Some toxins implicated include certain food additives and preservatives, cigarette smoke, mercury, and lead. Poor nutrition in early life may also lead to learning disabilities later in life.
Help for Learning Disorders
Every child is unique, so treatment options often vary depending on the type of disorder and the severity of the symptoms.
Discuss the options with the child''s psychologist and teachers and look for a learning solutions treatment plan that will best suit their needs.
Most treatments for learning disorders involve educational interventions and behavioral skills training. A teaching program can be designed to help a child learn new strategies in the subjects he or she struggles with. As mentioned, in some cases, where self-esteem and confidence has been affected, psychological counseling may be of benefit.
Used in conjunction with psychological and educational interventions, natural remedies can offer a great deal of support in coping with a learning disorder.
While conventional drugs are not generally available to those suffering with learning disorders, natural products are readily available, virtually free of side effects, and are much safer than prescription medication.
These products are tailored to suit the needs of the individual child and can greatly assist in treating learning difficulties. Some well-known and commonly recommended natural remedies for increased concentration, brain functioning, and memory include Rosemary, Centella asiatica, and other homeopathic ingredients, including a variety of biochemic tissue salts.
As noted above, it is important to seek help as early as possible if you notice your child struggling with learning or school work. If diagnosed early, treatment and schooling assistance can help your child lead a normal and successful school life.