When children have learning disabilities, there are usually multiple reasons. Their genetic heritage, coupled with environmental causes and brain development work in synchrony to produce specific learning disabilities. In fact, many children have more than one specific learning disability. It should be no surprise that these learning disabilities are often present alongside of Attention Deficit Disorder. Studies from the University College London and University of Rochester Medical Center shed light on challenges faced by children with Attention Deficit Disorder.
What do two research studies say about specific learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder in children?
*Children with specific learning disabilities can have average to above average intelligence.
*Of the children with ADD, 33 to 45 percent will have a reading disability called dyslexia.
*Dyscalculia affects more than 11 percent of children with Attention Deficit Disorder. These children will have difficulty with mathematics.
*Attention Deficit Disorder is entwined with hypertension in children, according to a small study at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Children with hypertension had 20 percent of their group affected by ADD.
*Hypertension also traveled with learning disabilities. While 5 percent of the general population have learning disabilities, when a child has hypertension, the rate pops up to between 18 and 28 percent, according to the numbers in this study.
Are there implications for parents, educators, and health care professionals in these studies?
*Parents need to be strong advocates for their children in all settings. They need to understand the school system and know what their parental rights are as a parent with a child who has a disability.
*Educators need to tailor a program to the child’s learning styles, cognitive level, and achievement. Each child is unique in his needs. Even children with the same diagnosis often learn differently.
*Technology might be an effective tool to help design a program to enhance a child’s learning when he has a specific learning disability.
*Parents need to educate themselves on research about Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, and hypertension.
*Children with hypertension need effective treatment for this problem.
*Health care providers need to be chosen according to their expertise and experience with Attention Deficit Disorder.
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University College London (2013, April 18). Learning disabilities affect up to 10 percent of children. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com-/releases/2013/04/130418142309.htm
University of Rochester Medical Center (2010, November 10). Children with high blood pressure more likely to have learning disabilities, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 22, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬/releases/2010/11/101109133153.htm
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