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A myth has been defined as a widely held but false belief, fictitious person or thing.

Reality can be understood as a thing that is actually experienced or seen, the state or quality of having existence or substance.

myth or reality

Learning difficulties according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (eleventh edition) are difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the normal level expected of those of the same age, especially because of mental disability or cognitive disorder.

Here in Kenya we have a small number of private schools that acknowledge that there is a category of children who struggle to learn. While the children follow the normal school curriculum they are timetabled to spend time in the Learning Support or Special Needs Classroom. Here you will find teachers who are equipped to assist the students depending on the individual child’s area of difficulty.

In these schools, the process of receiving assistance starts with the parents and the teacher meeting over the areas of concern usually brought up by the subject teachers.

The teacher is often in a position to carry out in-house assessments but also sends the parents with the child to an independent educational psychologist who is able run assessments and produce a written report based on the results of the assessments. This report often points out the areas of difficulty and serves as a guide to how the Learning Support teachers can provide assistance.

Parenting is not a dress rehearsal. As a father or mother only you know your child best and if you feel your he/she is struggling do your research. Find out which school is best suited to support your child’s needs. As adults they will thank you for taking the time to understand them and provide them with the assistance they need to be better equipped to deal with both their education and life.

In conclusion learning difficulties are a reality. Take sometime to read about Albert Einstein, the famous scientist and Nobel Prize winner and Sir Richard Branson.

Did you know …..

Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone, struggled with traditional schooling. It’s believed that he had some form of learning disability, possibly dyslexia.

Walt Disney is believed by many scholars to have suffered from dyslexia or a related disorder due to his difficulties in school. Disney eventually dropped out of high school and pursued a career as an artist.

Robin Williams who is famous for his roles in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting” and dozens of other films. He has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which affected his education and his ability to memorize scripts.

Woodrow Wilson who was the 28th President of the United States struggled with the written word. There is documentation showing he had dyslexia. He aggressively pursued his education. To date, Wilson is the only U.S. President to hold a Ph.D.

Tom Cruise has dyslexia and has spoken publicly about his disability.  

About Kip McGrath: Kip McGrath Education Centres is currently the largest international provider of face to face tuition, using only qualified and experienced teachers. Kip McGrath Kenya currently has education centres in Gigiri, Karen, Lavington, Parklands and Westlands.

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