Learning Disabilities in Children and its Effect on Their Psyche.
Learning disabilities, for e.g. dyslexia, have shown to affect an individual’s ability to understand or use language, to carry on mathematical calculations, movement coordination and sustain attention. They are usually diagnosed in children once they start school.1
According to Dr. Marshall Raskind, children affected with learning disabilities (LD) not only experience problems in reading, writing, memory, mathematics, ect.., but also experience problems in the psychological aspects like frustration as a strong feelings, anger, shame and/or sadness, that may lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ,also problems related to behaviuor like juvenile delinquency, substance/drug abuse. These problems are “Unfortunately,” more devastating than the actual academic problems/challenges faced by these children. The impact of some of these psychological challenges /issues is so much that it may be experienced even further on in life even in adulthood. 2
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