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10 Types of Learning Disabilities and How to Help

This article discusses ten types of learning disabilities and how to help: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, language processing disorder, visual processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, and nonverbal learning disability.

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Improve Gross Motor Skills for Handwriting (Activities Included)

Many think that having good gross motor skills can enable a child to excel at sports. This is only part of the benefit! Developing a child's gross motor skills can do so much more than that – they can influence a child’s ability to write well and concentrate in the classroom.

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Improve Fine Motor Skills for Handwriting (Activities Included)

Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, feet, and toes. They participate in smaller actions such as picking up objects between the thumb and finger, writing carefully, and even blinking.

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Handwriting and Cognitive Skills

Handwriting difficulties affect between 10 and 30% of children, and there is evidence to indicate that handwriting deficits do not resolve without intervention. Improving cognitive skills should be part of every child's handwriting treatment plan.

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Why Handwriting Matters

As laptops and tablets become more commonly used as writing tools, many are ready to leave the skill of handwriting behind. A growing body of research, however, is leading psychologists and neuroscientists to emphasize the importance of teaching handwriting.

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Dysgraphia: Symptoms, Types, Causes, Treatment

Learn more about dysgraphia: What is dysgraphia? How common is this learning problem? What are the symptoms and warning signs in early writers, young students, teenagers and adults? What are the causes and treatment?

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Defeating Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: A Trial Case Study

Ten-year-old Dalton has been diagnosed with dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia) at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and with dyslexia and dysgraphia by a multidisciplinary team at his school. Despite occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and putting three Orton-Gillingham-based programs to the test, he continued to struggle.

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Tactile-Kinesthetic (Haptic) Perception and the Learning Disabled

Tactile and kinesthetic perceptions usually go hand in hand; therefore, they are considered together as one, namely haptic. Tactile perception refers to the sense of touch, while kinesthetic perception deals with the sense of body movements and muscle feelings.

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The Importance of Spelling and Handwriting in a Digital Age

It's a fair question for parents to consider: Why should my child learn to master the skills of spelling and handwriting in a world governed by spell checkers and keyboards? Isn't the mere notion of teaching these skills as archaic as attempting to master trigonometry without the use of a scientific calculator?

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We Finally Know Why People Are Left- Or Right-Handed

Most of us are right-handed, but a fair few happen to be left-handed. Why is this? Is it just something we learn to have a preference for over time, or is it something to do with our neurological wiring from birth? According to a brand new study in the journal eLife, however, it is definitively […]

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Overcoming Handwriting Problems

As with all learning problems, a writing disability can be devastating to a child’s education and self-esteem and can cause major limitations to that child’s career path. A child who struggles with a writing disability will find it increasingly difficult to express their knowledge on many subjects and thus the writing process itself stands in the way of being able to learn.

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Understanding and Overcoming Learning Difficulties

'Learning difficulties' is often the first descriptive term used when a child begins to have trouble in school. In some countries it is also used as a synonym for 'learning disabilities' (LD). However, learning difficulties and learning disabilities are usually distinguished with learning difficulties being the broader term.

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