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The Truth About Specific Learning Disabilities in Children


Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or math even after putting in a good effort? You're not alone. Many children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLDs) face challenges that can be misinterpreted. Understanding these common misconceptions is crucial for parents who want to support their child's unique learning journey.

Myth #1: SpLDs Mean Lower Intelligence

This is a big one! Children with SpLDs often possess average or above-average intelligence. The issue lies in how they process information. Their brains may be wired differently, making it challenging to learn in traditional ways.

Myth #2: SpLDs Only Affect Reading

While dyslexia, a reading difficulty, is a well-known SpLD, it's not the only one. Other SpLDs include dysgraphia (writing difficulties), dyscalculia (math difficulties), and dyspraxia (motor coordination challenges). Each SpLD presents unique learning obstacles.

Myth #3: Children Will Outgrow SpLDs

SpLDs are lifelong neurological differences. However, with proper support and intervention, children can develop strategies to manage their challenges and excel in school and life.

Myth #4: SpLDs Are Caused by Laziness or Lack of Attention

Children with SpLDs often work very hard to overcome their difficulties. However, frustration and fatigue can sometimes lead to perceived inattentiveness. These are not signs of laziness, but symptoms of the extra effort required to learn.

Myth #5: SpLDs Are a Vision Problem

While vision problems can sometimes co-occur with SpLDs, they are distinct issues. Children with SpLDs may struggle with processing written information even if their eyesight is perfect.

Empowering Yourself for Your Child's Success

Understanding these common misconceptions is a crucial first step in supporting your child with SpLDs. By recognizing the challenges they face and advocating for their needs, you can help them develop the tools and strategies they need to thrive.


Demystifying Learning Differences: A Deep Dive with Helikx Open School's Online Course on Specific Learning Disabilities

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or math, despite their apparent intelligence? They might have a Specific Learning Disability (SpLD), a neurological difference that can impact how a child learns. If you're looking for answers and strategies to support your child's unique learning journey, Helikx Open School Salem offers a compelling online course designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need.


This course, held on May 11th & 12th, is led by Dr. G Senthilkumar, a remarkable individual with a personal connection to SpLDs. Dr. Senthilkumar himself is dyslexic, and for over two decades, he has dedicated his career to running an alternative school specifically for children with learning differences. This unique combination of lived experience and professional expertise makes him an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand SpLDs.


Why You Should Enroll:


  • Uncover the Secrets of SpLDs:  Go beyond the misconceptions. This course will delve into the various types of SpLDs, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. You'll learn about the underlying causes and how these differences manifest in children's learning.

  • Empower Yourself as a Parent or Educator:  Equipped with this knowledge, you'll be able to identify early signs of SpLDs in your child or students. The course will explore practical strategies to support their learning in the classroom and at home.



  • Embrace the Strengths of Neurodiversity:  SpLDs are not deficits; they represent a different way of learning. Learn how to celebrate and nurture the unique strengths often associated with SpLDs, such as creativity, problem-solving abilities, and out-of-the-box thinking.

  • Learn from a Dyslexic Trailblazer:  Dr. Senthilkumar's personal journey offers a powerful perspective. You'll gain insights into the challenges faced by children with SpLDs and discover successful strategies for overcoming them.

  • Flexible and Accessible Learning:  The online format allows you to participate from anywhere, at your own pace. This makes the course ideal for busy parents, educators, and anyone interested in supporting children with SpLDs.


This course is more than just an information session; it's a transformative learning experience.  By enrolling, you'll join a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to creating a more inclusive learning environment for all children. Don't miss this opportunity to empower yourself and unlock your child's potential.






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