Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus
Black Friday sale on now! Save 50% on PLUS and Brainzy with coupon BLACKFRI. Learn More

Troubled Teens or Learning Different? (page 3)

Troubled Teens or Learning Different?

Related Articles

Related Topics

based on 3 ratings
By
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.

Source: LDonline.org

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.

Originally published by ParentingTeensNetwork. Provided by DivineCaroline, a website where smart parents like you can read and contribute stories, share your experiences and learn from others. Please visit our bustling community soon.

View Full Article
Add your own comment

This Weeks Deals

FREE Shipping on Orders over $50