A learning disabled child is not stupid or dumb.
It is important to first distinguish between a child with a learning disability and a child with a learning problem. The latter has difficulty learning because of a physical (e.g., blind, deaf) or mental (e.g., retardation, autism) problem, while the former has trouble with neurologically processing information that leads to deficiencies in reading, writing, speaking, and math.
While generally of average or even above average intelligence, a learning disabled child is unable to display evidence of this (and, therefore, is mistaken to be “dumb” or “stupid”) because they have one or more of these disabilities:
This affects reading and related skills, manifested, for example, by the jumbling of letters in a word. The child with this disability reads painfully slow and mixes words.
APD (Auditory Processing Disorder)
A child with this disability has a hard time comprehending spoken words or even remembering them, but has no problem with non-verbal sounds like music.
This can be considered the math equivalent of dyslexia. A child with this disability has difficulty processing mathematical symbols or even just numbers. Even telling time can be a challenge for a child with dyscalculia.
NVLD (Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities)
A child with a disability under this category has a hard time interpreting non-verbal cues (e.g., facial expressions like a smile or smirk) and may have poor motor skills. They may also have difficulty socializing with other people.
A learning-disabled child has “special needs” (unfortunately, learning disabilities are “permanent”; i.e., they cannot be resolved in the conventional sense) that need to be addressed so that their real intelligence can surface. They are like a treasure chest with a lock that can be opened only with a special key (not brute force).
The Key to unlock your Learning-Disabled Child’s True Intelligence
If you discover that your child has a learning disability, then it is in their best interest that you send them to a learning disability school like Heritage Treatment Center. Such unique educational institutions recognize the special learning needs of your child and have alternative learning programs that work around these disabilities. Also, in these institutions, your child will be in the company of their peers who can relate and support them with managing their challenges. In the world of these schools, everyone is “normal”, so there is no reason for their real intelligence to manifest itself.
The best place for your learning disabled child is an institution that understands their special needs. Bring your child to a learning disability school of your choice, and watch them shine.