learning difficulty or learning difference?

People classed as having a ‘learning difficulty’ can be high achievers. Whilst you may have a cognitive weakness in a particular area it does not mean you do not have a superior strength in others.

There are many famous actors; musicians; sportsmen and sportswomen; scientists; inventors, authors and businesspeople all who have dyslexia and despite, or because of this, they are exceptional in their respective fields.

Internationally around 10% of the population have dyslexia which is one of the most commonly regarded ‘learning difficulties’. However, despite this ‘disadvantage, 1 in 3 entrepreneurs in the US (35%) and 1 in 5 in the UK (20%) have dyslexia.

Dyslexic minds are able to process information differently and see the big picture. They have a divergent, lateral thinking mind which has created some of the world’s greatest inventions such as the light bulb and the telephone.

Perspective is starting to change and with neuroplasticity we can help improve the brain’s ability to perform complex tasks and the capacity to learn. 

WHY A LEARNING DIFFICULTY MAY NOT BE A DISADVANTAGE.

There are many famous actors; musicians; sportsmen and sportswomen; scientists; inventors, authors and businesspeople all who have dyslexia and they are exceptional in their respective fields. 

Dyslexia is still perceived by many as a disability however neurological research has proved that a dyslexic brain is not damaged, or defective, it simply processes information differently. This divergent, lateral approach to problem solving has created some of the world‘s greatest inventions and brands and is now increasingly seen as a key benefit.

Dyslexics predominantly use their right frontal lobe, as opposed to their left temporal lobe which is associated with pictures and creativity instead of the left which is generally used for logical processing.

With automation increasing to influence the workplace, traditional approaches to team composition is changing. Social-type competencies, such as initiative, creativity, and problem solving, regarded as dyslexic strengths are becoming increasingly important to corporations. They recognise that their corporations will be stronger by having an individual who is able to think differently and ‘see the big picture’.

Dyslexics are already hard-wired for the future and will become increasingly valuable to a management team. 

To read about this on more detail please download the reports by the International Accountants EY Ernst & Young Global Limited  or watch Sir Richard Branson talk about why he regards dyslexia as one of the reasons for his success. 

Download the Value of Dyslexia Reports by EY Ernst & Young Global Limited here

how common are LEARNING DISABILITies OR LEARNING DIFFICULTies? 

1 in 10

One in ten adults have dyslexia or another learning challenge

1 in 5

one in five Children and young people need extra support for their learning.

It is quite common for individuals to have a learning weakness in one of the following cognitive areas. If you are the 10% of the adult population or 20% of school children and yound people who have dyslexia or another learning challenge please contact us, we may be able to help.

Dyslexia
Dysgraphia
Dyscalculia
Auditory Memory
Visual Memory
Auditory Processing Non-Verbal Learning Executive Functioning Logical Reasoning Attention Difficulties 

A difficulty in learning tends to be in a specific area.  Often IQ is typically of average or above intelligence but due to specific difficulties, it  it makes learning very frustrating and difficult.

A child is challenged across all aspects of learning this may be referred to as global delay.  This learning disability may be graded as mild, moderate, severe or profound.

COMMON SIGNS THAT A PERSON MAY HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 

Problems reading and/or writing.
Problems with math.
Poor memory.
Problems paying attention.

Trouble following directions.
Clumsiness.
Trouble telling time.
Problems staying organized.

Some disabilities look like this. Others look like this.
Is your child happy at school?
Is there something that just doesn't seem quite right?
Have they ever said they feel dumb?
Have they ever complained that they just don't get it?
Have they ever been in trouble for not paying attention or finishing work?
Imagine what they could achieve if we were to unlock their full potential?
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DEFICITS ARE SPECIFIC TO THE INDIVIDUAL AND MAY INCLUDE: 

listening
speaking
reading
writing
maths
reasoning
attention
memory

language
auditory and visual processing
decoding
motor coordination and planning
spatial orientation
impulse control
sequencing
following instructions

A typical profile of a student with a learning difficulty will show weakness and strength in different areas.

As a result, these pupils are often mis-diagnosed by teachers and they are often labelled as troublesome, disruptive, stubborn, irresponsible, or lazy.

They will often struggle to achieve in a mainstream class because of their deficit and without correctly addressing their learning issue first, they will seldom reach their full potential.

Expecting a child to learn in a class when they are already struggling to keep up is like continuing to pour water into a bucket with holes and expecting it to hold water.

Pip Block Principal A1 Student 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I, OR MY CHILD HAS A LEARNING CHALLENGE?

If you have a weakness in a specific cognitive area or your child is struggling at school, they are not keeping up with the curriculum, or if they display a behavioural problem or you feel that something is not quite right, please contact us for some initial advice as we may be able to help. There is no charge for the initial discussion about your or your child’s learning difficulties.

If we feel our program is likely to be a good fit for you or your child, we will recommend booking a consultation to establish if a student is able to undertake the cognitive exercises required within our program. This may be followed by full Arrowsmith assessment to establish your child needs help with.

Parents often worry about their child being labelled with a “learning difficulty” and when they first approach us they often say that they ‘have tried everything’ such as extra tutoring or homework sessions to address the issue.

Instead of ‘helping’ this can often put their child under even more pressure because in spite of all this ‘help’ they fall further and further behind. Parents often say their child has lower self-esteem and has become more withdrawn.

It is important to realise that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ and every child will learn in a slightly different way.

The sooner a student is able to address their particular learning difficulty, the sooner they will then be able to return and learn within a mainstream environment.

Some of our current full-time students are achieved some life changing results this year, by addressing their learning difficulty in under a year and then returning to mainstream.

Parents often feel a part-time option may be better so their child doesn’t fall further behind however our results show that students who are ideal for the full-time program return to mainstream faster and better able to learn.

Furthermore, students that have graduated report that instead of ‘missing a year’ they have easily caught up on content and they have subsequently progressed to achieve some exceptional grades.

Advances in education and scientific research prove that it is possible to build a new neural pathway in the brain using neuroplasticity so that learning disabilities can be much better addressed.

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young., the founder of Arrowsmith is recognized as a pioneer and creator of one of the first treatment applications utilizing the principles of neuroplasticity when she started using these principles in 1978 to address her own learning difficulties.

The program has now evolved over 40 years to address a wide range of learning difficulties experienced by students across the world, targeting 19 different areas of the brain.

To find out if Arrowsmith may be able to help you please schedule an initial call with us. We do not charge for this advice.

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YOUR BRAIN CAN CHANGE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO STAY STUCK!

WITH REGULAR EXERCISE YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY TO LEARN.

Our programs can help build a stronger foundation for learning which enables our students to increase their ability to understand core subjects like numeracy and literacy as well as improve their working memory. 

Arrowsmith can also help strengthen cognitive weaknesses of children and adults, even if you have a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

If you or your child would like to improve your ability to understand core subjects like numeracy and literacy or your working memory we also offer remote learning programs, Arrowsmith at-home to provide a flexible solution for all New Zealanders to address a cognitive weakness around a busy schedule.  

Schedule a free 15-minute call with us to discuss your particular needs. 

Change your brain and change your life! 

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