Myths of Learning Disabilities
There are several myths about learning disabilities that can make things harder for students with learning disabilities and those seeking to help them. This is a short introduction to what learning disabilities are and how best to teach a student with learning disabilities.
These are common myths about students with learning disabilities:
A. Students with learning disabilities are lazy.
B. Students with learning disabilities are dumb.
C. Students with learning disabilities cannot learn.
D. Students with learning disabilities just need more time.
E. Students with learning disabilities are unmotivated.
If people believe the myths above, it can delay finding the solution. These students can learn and be successful if they receive proper instruction. Instruction for students with learning disabilities should be: explicit (directly teaching skills), systematic (definite, logical sequence), structured (step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing), and multi-sensory (engaging auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses together). If students receive appropriate instruction early on, it can save them frustration and the feeling that they can’t learn. While a student can benefit from appropriate instruction at any time, early intervention can lay a foundation for future learning that greatly benefits the student.