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October Is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Ellen Seidman, who blogs over at To the Max, recently consulted an expert at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to clear up misconceptions and confusion about learning disabilities.  According to NCLD, 15-20% of the U.S. population has a learning disability, a general term for those who may have difficulty learning for any reason.

Recently, NCLD also released results for a survey they conducted — about 2,000 American adults were asked for their views on learning disabilities.  NCLD found that a high number of adults lacked basic understanding of different types of learning disabilities beyond dyslexia.  Instead, most adults associated learning disabilities like dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting), dyscalculia (difficulty with math), and dyspraxia (difficulty with motor skill development) with an autism spectrum disorder, an inability to make emotional connections, and an anxiety disorder, respectively.  Some surprising survey results included:

  • Over 66% of parents want more information about learning disabilities than schools currently provide.
  • 55% of Americans wrongly believe that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities.
  • 22% incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much screen time; 31% believe a cause is poor diet; 24% believe a cause is childhood vaccinations.

Learn more about the survey results from the infographic below.  All information is provided by NCLD.org.

 

National Center for Learning Disabilities

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12)

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Child Mind InstituteThis week, speak up for children’s mental health issues.  According to Parents advisor Harold Koplewicz, M.D., president of the Child Mind Institute (CMI), “Stigma, lack of awareness, and fear around mental health care prevent many parents and teachers from getting kids the support they need.”

In a joint survey of 1,000 parents between Parents magazine and the Child Mind Institute, 45% of parents said normal children are being labeled as mentally ill or having learning disorders because teachers can’t handle them. In addition, 50% of parents believe many doctors downplay the risks associated with putting kids on medication to treat ADHD and depression. (Read more results from the mental health survey.)

To help dispel the stigma, we’ve worked with the Child Mind Institute to bring you resources for helping kids with psychiatric and learning disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and more.  Watch a video of Dr. Koplewicz talking to Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, about the survey results and ADHD.  And go to our new Children’s Mental Health page (parents.com/mental-health) for more information on specific disorders and to watch videos from CMI.

Visit childmind.org/speakup to show your support for mental health awareness and to find events near you.

For more on Children’s Mental Health:

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