Mental Health Professionals

Learning Difficulty and Mental Health

Many educators, school teachers and parents are guilty of branding children who perform badly in their academics as stupid or lazy. Parents and teachers become harsher to the student and puts more pressure on them to do better, often not even willing to hear out their side of the story. Learning difficulty is defined as difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the normal level expected of those of the same age, especially because of mental disability or cognitive disorder. It can affect the way they develop reading, writing, and math skills. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia are some of the common learning difficulties. If a child does indeed have a learning difficulty, the copious amounts of pressure put on them and the strictness imposed upon them would only be counterproductive and would only add more to their problem. Children with learning difficulties is more at risk of mental health problems than the children who does not have any kind learning difficulties. People with Learning disabilities are reported to have mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Since people around them are harsher to them or ridicules them for their inability to be “smart”, they also seem to experience low self-esteem and are often not very social. They are also more at risk of being bullied or isolated due to fear of rejection. Having a learning difficulty does not mean the child is stupid, many of the people who does have a learning difficulty is above average in intelligence. They just need a different approach towards education, with therapy and support they will have the ability to overcome their problems.

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