What Is a Learning Difference? | Pantego Christian Academy

What Is a Learning Difference?

How do you know if your child might have a learning difference?

If your child is having difficulty in school, he/she may learn differently from other students. Parents are often the first to notice that “something doesn’t seem right,” but sometimes, knowing what to do and where to find help can be confusing. A learning difference is a neurological condition that interferes with an individual’s ability to store, process, or produce information. Learning differences can affect one’s ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect an individual’s attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity (ideaamerica.org).

Learn to recognize the signs of a potential learning difference. Is your child having difficulty:

  • with reading comprehension or math skills?
  • with letter sequences? (soiled for solid, left for felt)
  • with prefixes, suffixes, root words and other spelling strategies?
  • organizing his/her bedroom, notebook, papers, and desk?
  • keeping up with papers or assignments?
  • with handwriting?
  • with time management?
  • understanding oral discussions and expressing thoughts aloud?
  • spelling the same word differently in a single document?
  • taking on reading or writing tasks?
  • with open-ended questions on tests?
  • with memory skills?
  • adapting skills from one setting to another?
  • with a slow work pace?
  • grasping abstract concepts?
  • focusing on details?
  • misreading information?

Exhibiting these signs from time to time is normal for children; however, if your child consistently exhibits several of these signs, it is important for you to talk to your doctor or school administrator. 

If you suspect that your child’s learning differences may require special assistance, please do not delay in gathering information and support. Being proactive will increase your child’s chances for reaching his/her full potential.

Pantego Christian Academy has the support you need. PCA offers services to students with diagnosed learning differences. The program is called the Learning Lab and helps students by:

  • Providing classroom teachers with greater insight into specific needs of individual students in the program.
  • Providing students with a quiet, small-group learning environment to receive services approved in their learning plan, e.g. extended time testing, small group testing.
  • Assisting with accommodations specifically identified and approved in the student’s learning plan.
  • Guiding students to develop and use strategies to assist them individually as learners.
  • Assisting students in reviewing content, planning and completing long-term projects, and accessing technology and other resources.

Learn more about Pantego Christian Academy by emailing admissions@pantego.com

 

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About the Author: Dr. Kathy Ferrell grew up in Ft. Worth and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Abilene Christian University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from The University of North Texas. She recently received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has been an educator in public and private school since 1995. She is currently the Middle School Principal at Pantego Christian Academy

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