Blog - Insight into LD


October is also an awareness month for another disorder that touches the lives of many of our students and families at Springer School and Center: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Learning disabilities and ADHD often co-occur, with nearly one out three students with learning disabilities also diagnosed with ADHD. So this week I want to spend some time discussing what ADHD is and how it can exacerbate the symptoms of learning disabilities.


This week I am continuing to write about learning disabilities in honor of Learning Disability Awareness month. Below are some common myths and facts regarding learning disabilities. 

MYTH: Learning disabilities are not common.


This month, in honor of Learning Disability Awareness Month, we will take some time to explain what a learning disability is and is not, confirming common facts and debunking some myths. But first of all, what is a learning disability, learning disorder, and learning difference? And where does dyslexia fall in all of this?


A Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues published on the National Center for Learning Disorders website (www.NCLD.org) found that young adults with LD and ADHD who were successful in a post high school experience shared a sense of connection to their community, beginning with participation in their school community.


Young adults with LD or ADHD who thrive are those who described themselves as being comfortable in taking the “first step” to reach out to peers and adults (Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues  www.NCLD.org).


In a study of successful young adults with ADHD or learning disabilities (www.ncld.org), a supportive home life was identified as critical to success. Did that mean that there were two parents at home or that adults never had conflict with the student? Did it mean that parents were teaching the student at home? No.


It is late summer. This is the time when parents begin seeking new evaluations to qualify their student for support services through a Technical School, Community College, a University or for accommodations on ACTs or SATs.


As Dr. Mary Ann stated in her back-to-school post, changing to “school hours” for sleeping and waking is important as students transition back to school. It is also important to continue to monitor your child’s sleep throughout the school year because sleep plays an important role in learning, memory, behavior, and emotional control.


A central goal of parenting is to raise children that can live independent, successful lives. In order to foster independence, it is important for parents to provide supportive environments that allow children to have opportunities to learn and grow through new experiences.


Ask any elementary teacher, and he or she will tell you that students with ADHD need their exercise. But is this backed up by research? Can exercise be a substitute for other evidence-based treatments such as medication and behavior therapy? Research does indeed support that exercise assists with some symptoms of ADHD.