Challenges in Learning

  • Students have different learning styles:  
65-70%   Visual learners
20-30%   Auditory learners
5-10%     Kenesthetic or Tactile learners (learn by doing)
  • Determining a Learning Style.  
Teachers and parents can help students determine what their learning style is by learning a new skill and measuring it in the different areas.  For example, if you want to learn a new skill (like a computer program), how would you prefer to learn it?
    • Demonstration where someone demonstrates for you.
    • Diagram.  Manuals often come with pictures of how to assemble an item.
    • List of Steps.  More verbal than picture instructions.
    • Verbal instructions and Talking.  Have another person talk you through the steps
    • Trying it out.  Try to discover it on your own without the use of instructions.  
  • Most people have more than one style, or a combination of a few, and learn best through that combination.  So, effective instruction is done through multi-sensory education, whether at school, home, or at work.  
Statistics
  • A large percentage of children who are placed in Special Education and deemed intellectually challenged, actually have some type of a learning disability.
    • 10% have a speech disorder.
    • 30% have a vision disorder
    • 7-10% have a degree of dyslexia

  • Alcohol shrinks the part of the adolescent brain that controls memory and learning.  Over 40% of high school seniors have drunk alcohol within the last 30 days.  (The Spokesman-Review, May 16, 2005)  
  • Videos, television, DVD’s and computer games probably do not make children under the age of 6 smarter.  Instead, video products which are shown to children under age 2 may negatively affect their attention span, as well as response to stimulation.
  • Nationally, only 27% of people with disabilities successfully transition to college.
What You Can Do
  • Each student is unique.  Recognize that each individual has different strengths and challenges.  Emphasize personal growth.  Promote individuals comparing themselves to themselves, rather than comparing themselves to other people.  
  • Keep the emphasis on how we learn and process the information best—not disabilities.  
  • Many learning disabilities can be tested (through the schools).  There are interventions which can help because a lot of research and practice is behind these behaviors.  Parents and teachers can explore different possibilities to evaluate children.  Look at the learning preferences.
  • Besides schools, there are many other institutions which can assist in evaluations.  Search for educational opportunities outside the traditional systems (internet, university continuing education workshops, summer programs through school districts, etc.)
  • Parents can help children understand their relationship with God, and their infinite value.  Tell them that doing their best is enough.

  • Teach children with learning disabilities about their family's histories.  Children with learning disabilities who know a lot about their families tend to do better when they face challenges."  (Source:  Sara Duke, psychologist who works with children with learning disabilities, "The Stories That Bind Us," The New York Times, March 2013)    (see the Family History topic on this site.) 
  • School Uniforms.  Learn about the benefits of School Uniforms.  Uniforms can benefit both public and private schools, as well as families.
    • Safety.  A school uniform makes it easier for school personnel to identify members of the student class.  This will make it difficult for someone who doesn’t belong to a school to slip in unnoticed.  It also prevents gangs from displaying gang colors or other signs through clothing.  
    • Appropriateness.  Rather than schools having to police what students are wearing, a uniform makes it easy for them to focus on more important issues.
    • Convenience.  Students save time in the morning when getting ready for school.  They do not have to waste time picking out what clothes to wear, or have the pressure of worrying about the right image like those purchased at the trendy stores.  
    • Cost.  While there is an upfront cost of a school uniform, over time it pays for itself (unlike regular clothes that need to be updated as the seasons and trends change).  Families can save considerable money over the school year with uniforms.  In addition, borrowing uniforms from former students can save even more.
    • Sense of community.  Uniforms, with all students looking the same, can instill a sense of school togetherness.  
            “Benefits of School Uniforms," by MetroCreative,  
            The Spokesman-Review, July 12, 2009,
Local Organizations
Additional Resources
Winston Center for Attention, Language and Learning
Central Office in the University District
528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA
(509) 465-1252
North Spokane Office
605 E. Holland Avenue, Suite 202
Spokane, WA  99218
(509) 465-1252
http://winstoncenter.com/
A comprehensive evaluation treatment center for children and adults with learning disorders.  Winston Center offers psychiatric, psychological, mental health, and learning disability therapy and advocacy services.  The services include psychological evaluations, dyslexia advocacy, ADHD, family therapy for newly diagnosed children, language and learning intervention, and services to examine organizational development and executive functioning.