Youth and Learning Disorders

Aimee is from West Chester, PA, and she is 15 years old. She has a passion for figure skating, ballet and playing the piano. She loves challenges and aspires to be a lawyer when she is older.

Learning disabilities are problems with a person’s brain that affect their ability to receive, process, store, or sort information. This can cause students to have trouble reading, writing, spelling, and solving critical thinking problems. Teens who have learning disorders often find learning to be a greater challenge then it is for teens without them. There are many kinds of learning difficulties that can affect teens, but teens who have them often have more than one kind at a time.

Learning disabilities are tough for teens to deal with. Most teens aren’t diagnosed with the disorders until after they have spent many years struggling with learning and school. Once a teen has been diagnosed, they may feel upset or relieved that they finally know what their difficulty is.

Once a teen is diagnosed with a learning disorder, they can start trying to resolve their condition. Doctors often start by prescribing medicines or discussing strategies that might help reduce the effects of the problem.  Some teens can work with their school so get what is called an Individualized Education Program or IEP. IEP’s help each student personally and work with them to plan activates and study routines.

Teens with learning disabilities don’t only have to deal with overcoming their condition, but they have to deal with what their peers think of their condition. I know that in my school teens that have learning disabilities get to have more time taking their tests than other people in the class. This sometimes makes everyone angry about the fact that they don’t get extra time, but the other teens in the classes often don’t understand what learning disabilities are and how teens are affected by them.

I think that teens need to be informed about how learning disabilities can affect people and how they are such a huge challenge for a teen to overcome. Teens need to know that having a learning disorder doesn’t make a person any less smarter or bright, it just means they have trouble in some step of the learning process making it a greater challenge for them to learn something.

Teens with learning disorders shouldn’t be restricted by their conditions. They should get the support they need and try their hardest to overcome the disorders that they have. Some very successful people such as Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, and Alexander Graham Bell had learning disabilities, and look how far they got.

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