- Majority of the parents of children with learning disabilities don’t seem to take on the challenge
- Awareness about learning difficulties prevails, but with some misconceptions.
- Children with a learning disability have problems in school and out of school as well.
- Parents feel worried, stressed, isolated and guilty about their children’s future
- Many parents accept their child’s disabilities but are not sure how to take help
- Many parents become impatient with their children
- The bottom line is that not all parents of kids with LD see their situation the same way.
- Majority of the people know about dyslexia, but don’t know about dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia
- Still, many parents don’t know about the role of genetics behind their child’s disability
- High school students with LD have a higher dropout rate
- Learning disabilities can continue to adulthood and thus affect adults in college and the workplace.
- Many adults don’t consider themselves to have learning disabilities – and, as the age increases their denial also increases
Misconceptions about Learning Disabilities among the general public
The following misconceptions prevail about learning disabilities in the general public:
- Poor parenting, lack of parents’ support and teacher involvement in early childhood can cause learning difficulty.
- Watching too much TV, poor diet and vaccinations can cause learning disability.
- Deafness and blindness can cause learning disability.
- Intellectual disabilities and autism can cause learning disabilities.
- Learning disabilities are related to intelligence.
- Learning disability is nothing but laziness.
Majority of the parents complain about schools not providing enough information about their kids’ disabilities. The general public still has many mistaken beliefs about what causes LD and what can help. The biggest cause for concern for children with Learning disabilities is their discipline and dropout from school. However, with proper medical intervention, counselling and proper teaching methods, children can make up for their learning disability.