Understanding learning differences in children is critical, as successful academic achievement not only predicts eventual occupational success, it is also a strong predictor of a child’s psychological well being. The term ‘learning disorder’ relates to any neurodevelopmental disorder that interferes with academic or social learning processes. Traditionally defined learning disorders include Reading Disorder (Dyslexia), Math Disorder (Dyscalculia), and Writing Disorder (Dysgraphia)
Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have persistent difficulties controlling their attention, finding that their minds jump from one topic to another. Traditionally, medications have been the first line of treatment for children and adults with ADHD. Now, researchers are learning more about the benefits of mindfulness in treating ADHD.
It is not uncommon for parents, teachers, and medical professionals to describe a child as shy. Shyness is a common trait seen in many young children and is not a cause for concern. Teachers usually refer to shy children as being introverted and cautious. They don’t jump at the chance to speak in front of their class but will do so when necessary. Shy children don’t have a broad group of friends, but they are content in smaller groups of children with similar interests. Parents report that their
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