Many students suffer from learning disabilities.
Types of learning disabilities include: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia & auditory and visual processing disorders.
Some students try hard to study their curricula, but they find it hard to understand them.
According to the National Institutes of Health, fifteen percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability.
Does that mean these students are low in intelligence level?
Does it show that these students are hopeless?
The answer is definitely…… No.
Research proves that students with a learning disability do not lack intelligence. In fact they are as smart or smarter than their peers.
Many clever and intelligent persons suffered from learning disability at one point of their lives.
For example, Einstein did not do well at school until 3rd grade, and his teachers thought he was mentally retarded. He could not read until he was nine.
This raises the question: Why do students have learning disability?
Learning happens at the unconscious level. This is why when a student tries his/her best to study, they still can not get high grades.
The effort to study is conscious.
The behavior of reading any book is conscious, but the process of learning, or to put it differently, the actual process of assimilating and understanding the content occurs unconsciously.
The Unconscious Mind (UM) is the manager for learning anything.
In this respect, we want to know why some students perform academically much better than others.
Causes of Learning Disability
The causes are numerous, but the main causes are emotional.
Academic performance is not linked to high- intelligence level, for almost all students.
It is linked to and determined by the emotional attitude of the person.
This may seem unlogical. But it is true.
Children at a very early age are very receptive and sensitive.
They receive and accept suggestions without filtering.
They may receive a negative suggestion from a parent and accept it as a fact. This is the start of their self-image.
If that suggestion were negative in its implication or meaning, the child would grow with a negative belief related to that suggestion.
Limiting beliefs about the self will play a major role in the personality and behavior of any person.
The child who has a limiting belief about his learning ability will grow with that belief, and ultimately behave according to that belief.
This means if a child has heard someone telling him that he is “dump,” it is very likely that he/she would adopt that belief.
This is usually happening at schools.
A teacher or a fellow student can call a child dump, and the effect is negative, even if it was told in a funny manner.
Another major cause is Severe Emotional Experience (SEE).
A child with a SEE will very likely hate school, especially if that SEE happened at school.
If a child was ridiculed by a teacher or by another child in front of others, that negative experience will cause him to hate school and learning. The child simply does not “Want” to study or learn.
The question for that child is not “How” to study, but “Why” study.
This can happen at the unconscious level, and he may grow up, and in later years, forget the experience, but the memory is still inside his unconscious mind. He may remember it only under a special therapy by an experienced therapist.
In my therapy work, I have noticed this behavior among many persons with learning disability.
Can Learning Disability Be Cured?
Many tools can be used for this disability.
One of the most used tools is to rid the person from his/her limiting beliefs about learning.
Another tool is for the person to adopt enabling belief about him/herself.
One very effective tool is to link one value of the person with learning.
SEE can be dealt with by hypnosis and personal history.
There are many techniques to deal with learning disabilities.
Some techniques are very effective to the extent that they can increase the IQ level.
Human personal development has reached a revolutionary threshold. This revolution is creating amazing results.
Actually one of the founders of NLP, Richard Bandler has talked in detail about creating genius people. In one of his books, he explains about breathing patterns for modeling a genius person.
Another famous author, Dr. Karl Pribram, former professor at Yale & Stanford, explained in detail about the language of the brain. His extensive research about the “Holographic Brain” was quite revealing.
Other scholars wrote pioneering research about functions of the brain related to learning abilities.
Now we know for sure that learning disability can be treated and cured.
One of my clients who had an amazingly high IQ at 154 at an early age of 14, graduated from high school with a B-, which is by far below his standard. He simply did not want to study because of a SEE. He used to be a straight A student until the 11th grade when that SEE happened to him. He lost his interest for education.
Another client graduated from high school with very low grades. He wanted to go to college, but lacked the inspiration or the belief. Linking his top value with formal education was very helpful to him. He completed his first semester in college with B+. For him, that was an accomplishment by itself.
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