Children with Learning Disabilities

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Misunderstood Mind’s|
Children with Learning Disabilities|
Instructor: Jeanne Henry|
Pamela Al-Shaer|
8/19/2011|

Children all over America are afflicted with serious learning disabilities that may have long- time effects, and usually the causes of these learning disabilities are undetermined. “Misunderstood minds” is a PBS Website that supports individuals’ who have questions about children with learning disabilities and helps them to understand how children that are afflicted with this disorder struggle in school.|

Since I started babysitting children when I was 13 years old, I have been able to handle children with learning disabilities and hypoactive behavior. Partially due to growing up with my baby-sisters who had a hypoactive behavior, being part of therapy/group sessions, and having a natural sense of how to encourage a child without discouraging them. While browsing the Web site disabilities that I thought I understood. It was mind-blowing and unique learning experience that will last me a life time. Now I understand what it feels like to have a learning disability by experiencing firsthand some of the tasks in the Web site sections “Attention”,” Reading”, ”Writing”, and “Mathematics”.

As a caregiver, big sister, and auntie, I have firsthand dealt with children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Hyperactive. "Attention deficit" is one of the most widely used phrases when it comes to learning problems, but it may also be one of the most common misdiagnoses” (WGBH Educational Foundation (2002). Misunderstood minds.) As a babysitter at 14 years old I looked after a child with (ADHD); he was extremely busy, yet when he was able to draw or be creative with paints and/or collages, he was OK. I had no problem with him, yet his mother said two other babysitters did not want to be bothered. I just really hated when his mother had him on Medication (Ritalin), it...
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