Learning Disorders can affect the way a person receives, processes and responds to information received from their senses. People with learning disorders may have difficulty with attention and focus, reading, speaking, writing and doing math.
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These disabilities are caused by abnormalities in brain structure that are congenital and often hereditary. Children are not usually diagnosed until they are in school. Professional evaluation and testing is needed to determine a diagnosis.
Board games are an excellent way to help your learning-disabled child learn and practice important skills. Experts report that children continue to progress at home through interacting with their family and friends and practicing the lessons learned at school. To help with this progression, parents should look for games that reinforce social and learning skills while remaining both fun and relaxing for the child.
Game play also builds on skills that the child may not be able to focus on at school. Social skills such as waiting for a turn, following rules and sharing are difficult to teach in a one-on-one situation between a teacher and a student. These skills can become less structured, and therefore easier to learn, when they are practiced with a group of friends while playing a board game. If the game is too complex for the child they may become frustrated. So, it’s important to find games that have simple, clear rules or that can be adjusted to different levels of difficulty. Games are a great tool to use as a simple practice of social skills, turn-taking, counting, reading and working towards a goal.