Learning Differences

  • Learning Differences

    As many as 30 million school-going children in India experience learning differences, nearly 20 percent of the entire school going population. These are bright children, sometimes even gifted, who struggle at school as a result of differences in their brain wiring.

    Academically, this makes it difficult for them to read, write, and/or do math. Additionally, some of these children struggle with spoken language and some even have problems with reading social cues and getting along with others, affecting their ability to make lasting friendships. At times, children receive diagnoses such as dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  • Often these are children with uneven learning profiles who may excel or achieve in one area but fail to perform in another. For instance, a child with a learning difference might be able to perform complex calculations in her head but fail to develop a basic sight vocabulary for fluent reading. Similarly, a child with a learning difference might have extensive knowledge of the solar system but may be hard pressed to locate his notebook for social studies. They are often mislabeled as “slow learners” “lazy” or “stupid” and suffer needless humiliation. Accurate and timely help for such children enables them to develop necessary skills in reading, writing and math. It also helps them to maintain self-esteem, acquire a sense of mastery and competency and paves the way for a brighter future that would otherwise be dimmed by repeated failure.

    Many famous people have struggled with learning including the following distinguished individuals: Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Charles Schwab and Agatha Christie. Obviously then, it is possible to struggle in school but to succeed in life!