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Troubled Teens or Learning Different?

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Updated on Mar 5, 2009

Common Learning Differences

  • All these learning differences are neurologically based; meaning something in the brain isn’t functioning at its highest level. Treatments try to change that, whether through medication or other therapies.
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Inability to pay attention, focus. ADHD kids are often impulsive, hyperactive, and act inappropriately for their age.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): The lack of focus and attention without the hyperactivity.
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Inability to process and interpret spoken words because the ear and brain aren’t connecting properly.
  • Decoding: Taking the written word and translating it into speech.
  • Dysgraphia: A processing disorder involving the motor movements needed to write letters or numbers, making it difficult to read, write, and speak.
  • Dyslexia: A processing disorder making it difficult to read, write, and speak.


Strategies for LD Teens

  • Help them be independent. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic offers textbooks that let kids read along while they listen to someone else reading through a CD or MP3 player. Hearing the words spoken aloud can make a big difference in comprehension.
  • Help set the course for organization. A big desk calendar can help your teen plot down on paper each step between the assignment of a research paper and its due date. Write in pencil and factor in a catch-up day.
  • Teach teens the details of their learning difference. Understanding and being able to explain it will teach them to ask for the help they need.
  • Encourage them to get a job or volunteer. This helps with strengths and weaknesses and shows a child how to interact with a community.
  • Let them be in charge of their homework. It’s their job, not yours.
  • Get them involved in what they’re good at. Often, sports are a good outlet for energy and kids who struggle in school. If being a quarterback requires processing too much at once, try rock climbing. Music is also a wonderful outlet. If reading notes is a problem, find a teacher who teaches by sound and repeating melodies and chords.

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