Learning strengths and differences can present in a variety of ways. These differences are not indicative of intelligence level, but make educating problematic for a child who attempts to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by a learning challenge.
The classification of learning difference includes a full range of conditions wherein a child has difficulty acquiring knowledge in a typical manner; the factors involved usually are due to the brain’s ability to receive and process information. Typically, children with learning differences have trouble performing specific types of skills or completing tasks if taught in conventional ways. For example, some children require more visual information to learn; others must involve the senses of touch or movement, and many have challenges with focus and attention.
Children with learning differences may have unique strengths, but also can face challenges that can be frustrating. Interventions may be used to help the child learn strategies that will foster future success. Some interventions may be quite simplistic, while others may require more complex skills.
Occupational Therapists are able to determine the sensory areas that may be affecting learning success. Working to modulate and integrate sensory systems can assist in focus and improved learning skills.
Our OTs can provide consultation regarding suggestions for a child’s optimal learning and behavior to classroom teachers and other school and community personnel; they are often involved in school conferences to contribute their expertise and experience.