Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Empowered Learning

Learning disabilities and neurologically-based processing problems and we are starting to learn more and more 

about them as the years go on. The most common learning disabilities are dyslexia, ADHD,Dyscalculia, 


Dysgraphia, and Processing Deficits, but there are many others that are not as common. According to PBS


“Close to half of the secondary students currently identified as learning disabled are more than three grade levels 


behind in essential academic skills. And it’s widespread. Roughly 2.4 million students — that’s more than the 


entire population of Houston, Texas — are known to strugglewith it.” 





So, what types of learning disabilities are there and what can we do about them? Keep reading to find out 

more:


Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder. People with APD do 


not recognize differences between sounds in words. They can find it difficult to tell where sounds are coming from


and have trouble blocking out background noise. An interesting fact about APD is that people with Auditory 


Processing Disorder can have completely normal hearing and when that happens, it is just a 


problem with the understanding aspect/their brain.


Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a pretty common learning disability. Individuals that have this have a hard time understanding 


numbers and learning math facts. They also may have poor comprehension of math symbols, and may 


struggle with memorizing numbers, and telling time.


Dysgraphia

Fine motor skills and handwriting comes into play with this learning disabilities. Some signs may be 


illegible printing and/or cursive writing, mixtures of print and cursive, upper and lowercase, irregular sized writing, 


etc., inconsistent spacing between words and letters, has difficulty thinking and writing at the same 


time, has an unusual grip on a pencil, and exhibits strange wrist, body, and paper position.


Dyslexia

Dyslexia, or Language-Based Learning Disability is a more commonly known learning disability compared to 


some of the others. This disability affects reading and language-based processing skills. It can affect 


reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, and more.


Language Processing Disorder

Language Processing Disorder is a specific type of Auditory Processing Disorder. This type of disorder 


makes it difficult to sound groups that form words, sentences, and stories.


Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities commonly comes by NLD, or NVLD. It is a disorder characterized by a 


significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.


Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

This disorder affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy. A 


characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD, it can result in 


missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, 


holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.


ADHD

Most everyone knows about ADHD. It is a disorder that makes an individual have trouble staying focused 


and paying attention. One fact that is not commonly known is that it can also be difficult to control behavior with A


DHD, which is why hyperactivity is another common symptom. ADHD is not always perceived as a 


learning disability, but research shows that about 30-50 percent of individuals with ADHD also have a 


learning disability. Combined, learning is extremely challenging, but not impossible.


Dyspraxia

Muscle control difficulty is the major symptom when it comes to Dyspraxia. This can cause problems with 


movement and coordination, language and speech, and can affect learning, as well. It is also commonly 


associated with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or ADHD.


Memory

Memory is huge when it comes to learning disabilities and everyday life, as well. There are three types of 


memory that are important when it comes to learning: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term 


memory. All three of these are used in the processing of both verbal and non-verbal information.




According to Empowered Learning Transformation Centers, “Research and developments in neurology over the


last 30 years have shown that the brain is not static and can be rewired (neuroplasticity). This has 


validated the ELTC approach of effectively “rewiring” the brain by increasing and strengthening the neural 


pathways, which has a positive effect on an individual’s ability to learn.” Success for a student with learning 


disabilities requires a focus on individual achievement, progress, and learning, and that is what Empowered 


Learning Transformation Centers offers to their students. Led by Co-Founders Peter Riddle and Dr. Richard A. 


Reutter, The Empowered Learning Program is being used in three Empowered Learning Transformation Centers 


and has a 90+% success rate, which is validated by pre- and post-program testing over the span of 


fifteen years. “The Empowered Learning™ Program is an exclusive combination of “outside-the-box” 


educational and medical technologies that works on the brain’s processing abilities, directly affecting 


underdeveloped cognitive, visual and sensory-motor functions and literally changing the brain physically as it


eliminates barriers to learning.”


President and Co-Founder, Peter Riddle is a recognized expert in the self-development field, parental 

involvement in children’s learning, and strategies that facilitate learning where traditional classroom methods 


have failed.


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