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Help With Learning Disorders

Learning disorders (LDs) are a group of disorders that inhibit the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, respond to, and communicate information (1). Most children with learning disorders have average to above-average intelligence but often process information differently than others, leading to issues in the classroom. LDs affect as many as 1 in 5 people in the U.S. and contribute not only to difficulties in academic performance, but also in developing self-esteem and interpersonal relationships (2).

Types of Learning Disorders

  • Dyslexia is a reading disorder characterized by difficulty recognizing letters, learning letter sounds, and identifying rhyming words. Young children with the disorder may also experience delayed language development and have trouble learning to spell and write as they reach school age.
  • Dysgraphia is characterized by distorted and incorrect handwriting, as well as issues with other fine-motor skills. Symptoms include difficulty learning to tie shoes, zip a jacket, write legibly (i.e., can’t form letters properly), and avoiding coloring or other fine-motor activities that most kids enjoy. Some children with dysgraphia have strong verbal skills to compensate for their writing issues and are often strong readers. Because little is known about the disorder, it is sometimes misdiagnosed as dyslexia or dyscalculia.
  • Dyscalculia is a disorder characterized by problems with learning fundamentals that include one or more basic numerical skills. Often people with this condition can understand very complex mathematical concepts but have difficulty processing formulas or basic addition and subtraction. A person with the disorder may struggle with visual-spatial relationships or processing what he or she hears.
  • Dyspraxia also called apraxia, is a condition characterized by a significant difficulty in carrying out routine tasks involving balance, fine-motor control, and kinesthetic coordination. Signs of the disorder in early childhood include not reaching developmental milestones on time, as well as clumsy and uncoordinated movements. Verbal dyspraxia describes a difficulty in the use of speech sounds, which may be the result of a developmental delay in the speech production area of the brain. Verbal dyspraxia may appear as a stand-alone disorder or accompany dyspraxia.

To learn more about the specific symptoms of LDs, please refer to the DSM-IV criteria for Learning Disorders.
Source: (1) National Center for Learning Disabilities
Source: (2) National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Source: (3) UT Dallas: Study Links Math Abilities To Left-Right Brain Communication
Source: (4) PNAS: Functional Characteristics of Developmental Dyslexia in Left-hemispheric Posterior Brain Regions Predate Reading Onset

Learning Disorders and The Brain Balance Program®

Recent research has linked learning disorders to communication issues between and within the hemispheres of the brain (3&4). This connectivity issue is referred to as Functional Disconnection Syndrome, an imbalance in hemispheric brain communication that is at the root of learning and developmental issues.

Since the left hemisphere of the brain controls learning and processing information, a person with decreased left-brain activity may have difficulty with reading and writing, processing speech and language sounds, coordinating motor movements, and grasping simple math calculations. The Brain Balance Program combines individually customized sensory motor and academic activities that improve left-brain connectivity leading to increased processing and learning skills. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by recent research that underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy diet to promote optimal brain function.

Help and Hope for Learning Disorders

Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to improve and change throughout a person’s lifetime, is fundamental to the Brain Balance Program. Our drug-free, integrated approach brings parents and kids together to achieve a common goal of improving a child’s processing and learning ability, leading to a more successful academic and personal life.

If your child struggles with learning or has been diagnosed with a Learning Disorder, contact us online or find a center near you to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help.