Learning Differences

There are students for whom education and learning are a constant struggle. Each experiences the daily frustrations of a learning difference. It is an unseen disability and may not appear for years. Even when it surfaces, it can come in different forms and can happen to anyone.

Suppose you were given a new word to learn on a flash card. Now suppose someone read it to you 30 times and then you read it to yourself another 30 times. You could probably recite it back without a problem. Some people with learning disabilities often have to hear or read something as many as 99 times in order to duplicate the way most of us learn in just 6 times.

Suppose you were listening to someone talk about Australia. Then imagine as the person talked, his voice grew fainter and fainter as you became distracted by sounds inside and outside the classroom. Finally, you couldn't hear him at all. Some students with learning differences find it almost impossible to remain focused on a task, even in a classroom setting.

Suppose you were trying to write your name, and the letters came out backwards. What if you had no understanding of the way the letters should fit together? Some people with learning disabilities will see and write letters backwards and twist the order of letters. These learning differences may include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, autism spectrum, attention deficit disorder, language impairment, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, Aspergers syndrome and developmental aphasia. Research shows that some learning differences are hereditary and occur because of the way the brain processes information.

Learning differences can be compounded by physical difficulties, such as eye, ear, sensory motor or neurological dysfunction. Students with learning challenges do not lack intelligence. They are often very bright individuals who cannot transfer that intelligence into a traditional learning style. Causes are not always known. Since there is no consistent treatment, teachers and parents are constantly seeking new ways to assist children who learn differently.

Serving these children is what Skyuka Hall is all about.