Children with learning disabilities benefit more from in-home tutoring than ordinary students can. A trained in-home tutor can address the needs of a child with a learning disability on the educational and emotional level. Specialists and learning therapists can address the medical and practical needs of the child.
Some learning disabilities include:
- Dyslexia: This learning disorder affects the ability to read or perceive printed words. Children with dyslexia usually see words and letters printed backwards. For example, they see the letter “b” as “d” or read words like “on” as “no.” The reason points to left eye dominance, which reads from right to left.
- Dyscalculia: As the name implies, this learning disability results to difficulty in grasping mathematical concepts and impairs problem-solving skills. Most children and adults have difficulty with and anxiety in solving Math problems. Dyscalculia, however, reveals extreme difficulty in understanding the relationship between numbers, the value of money in coins and paper, sequences and instructions, and even spatial information, such as the difference between left and right.
- Dysgraphia: This learning disability involves difficulty in writing. Aside from widespread computer use, lack of awareness of this learning disability makes it difficult to diagnose. Some children just have bad handwriting, but when they tire easily when writing and they often omit certain words in their written sentences, then they likely have dysgraphia.
Children with learning disabilities are just as able bodied as the rest of their peers. They eat the same food and can play sports if they want to. However, they need special methods in teaching to grasp even the simplest concepts and develop the basic reading and writing skills.
These children need more attention, patience and understanding from both their parents and the educators. Some parents prefer to enroll their children in special education classes that require students either to spend the whole day at school or to spend a few hours in class. These parents often prefer to hire a learning specialist or an in-home tutor trained in special education to help their children after school.
An individualized, skill-based approach often succeeds in helping children with learning disabilities where regular classroom instruction fails. By cooperating with special education tutors, parents can help formulate an individualized education program for their child. They identify the tasks a child can or cannot do, and the child’s strengths and weaknesses. By employing the stronger senses and bypassing the disabilities, many children can develop needed skills.