A Learning Disability with Many Names
An individual with a learning disability has difficulty learning in a typical manner. Learning disabilities surface in adults and children alike due to problems in the brain’s inability to successfully acquire and process information. The term “learning disability” goes by other names including “learning difference”, “learning disorder”, “learning difficulty” and “learning delay”. There are many different types of learning disabilities but among the most common is what is referred to as a language based learning disability.
Poor Listening and Academic Skills
A language based learning disability can negatively impact reading, writing, math, speech, language, listening and a host of other academic skills. This type of learning disability is commonly linked to children with auditory processing weaknesses who are often challenged by poor listening skills.
From a Strong Language Foundation to Overall Learning Potential
We know that the development of good listening skills is important to the development of a strong language foundation and that language is critical to learning. Therefore, a healthy developing auditory processing system is essential not only to the development of a strong language foundation but also overall learning potential. This is the reason why strengthening auditory processing weaknesses in children is so very important.
The "Swimming with Cement Boots" Analogy
When we address a learning disability without treating the auditory processing component, we are simply treating the symptom without addressing the underlying weakness. This is like swimming upstream, running a race while attached to a rubber band or learning to swim wearing cement boots. In the example of learning to swim, the treatment of the learning disability may keep the child’s head above water but it never allows the child to swim on his or her own. We never close the gap and this essentially makes it difficult for the child to reach his or her true potential.
A “Daily Listening Diet”
When auditory processing deficits become a piece of the puzzle, a “daily listening diet” can prove quite helpful. Learn why a daily listening diet is a critical element in remediating an auditory processing problem.