Learning Disabilities and Your Child


At The Grand River Academy, our smaller class sizes allow our teachers to more easily recognize classroom struggles and develop a learning strategy specifically suited for your child. In addition, the specialized staff at the Grand River Academy can work with your child in one-on-one sessions, helping students unlock their true potential and acquiring the educational tools they need for success in learning.


The first step towards identifying a learning

disability in your child is to first research the

different types of learning disabilities. Once

you pinpoint your child’s problem areas, you

can better pinpoint which tests to conduct to

hone in on your child’s disability and how to

best support the disability. Some of the most

commonly found learning disabilities are

dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHD.

Dyslexia is the common name for a reading

disability. Often characterized by spelling

difficulties, word recognition and decoding the

disability causes problems with reading skills

and the growth of vocabulary in your child.

Dyslexia is the most common of all the learning

disabilities. The National Institute of Child and

Human Development predicts that as many as

15 percent of Americans experience trouble

with reading comprehension and writing. With

much classroom activity based on both reading

and writing 3 , dyslexia can severely affect your

child’s progress in school.

Children that demonstrate a difficulty in writing

related to motor and information processing

skills may be diagnosed with dysgraphia.

Poor spelling, handwriting or ability to write

down thoughts are some signs of dysgraphia.

Students diagnosed with dysgraphia often need

extra practice in learning the mechanical skills

behind writing.

While ADHD is not considered a learning disorder, it is often found in students with other learning

disabilities. By not being able to stay focused to tasks, being overly restless and inattention are all signs

of ADHD and can directly impact your child’s ability to learn. There are two main types of ADHD, being

hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Hyperactive impulsive creates restlessness in students, causing

them trouble with quiet activities and causing constant movement or fidgeting. Students experiencing

inattentive ADHD can offer find themselves being slow to processing information and instructions along

with poor listening and organization skills. Many of the symptoms of ADHD are caused by a breakdown of

executive functions in the brain and language based issues.

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