Learning Disabilities and Child Care

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Child care providers who include children with special needs may work closely with a young child who has a learning disability. Learning disabilities are problems that affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a child to learn as quickly as other children.

It is often difficult to identify a learning disability in young children, because there is a wide range in what is considered “normal” cognitive development in the …

Learning Disabilities: Signs of Concern

Dyslexia sign written by a childChild care providers are in a unique position to notice if a child seems to be having a difficult time learning or remembering new skills. Child care providers spend many hours a day with children, and have the chance to observe them in many different situations.

Children who are having learning difficulties may show a variety of signs. Some signs may be subtle; others are very obvious. If it seems like a child is struggling to learn or is having …

Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Learning Disabilities

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Working with children who have learning disabilities can be a challenge for child care providers. Children with learning disabilities generally go the same developmental stages as typically-developing children, but they may learn certain skills much more slowly. Creating a learning program that is sensitive to the learning needs of all children is the best way to ensure that children with learning disabilities have opportunities to learn.

The first step in helping children with learning disabilities is to know the children …