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Q&A: What Are The Signs of Learning Differences and What Can You Do To Help?

In Education on December 13, 2021 at 6:07 am

Currey Ingram

Many children with learning differences struggle in school long before receiving an official diagnosis, affecting their confidence and motivation. It is crucial to identify learning differences early on so both teachers and parents can provide the support they need. Currey Ingram Academy, a private school in Brentwood, covers some common questions related to identifying the signs of a learning difference in the following Q&A:

Q: What are learning differences?

A: Learning differences stem from the inability or difficulty to process information; this prevents a person from learning a skill and using it. Learning differences can affect a child’s ability to read, write, work, and compute, affecting non-verbal skills.

Q: What are reading-related learning differences?

A: Reading-related learning differences (like “dyslexia”) make it challenging for children to understand how letters represent a sound and how letter combinations make a word. They may also have problems with working memory or handling information at the moment.

Children might struggle with:

  • Reading at the standard pace
  • Understanding what they read
  • Accurately recalling what they read
  • Making inferences based on the reading
  • Spelling words

Q: What are writing-related learning differences?

A: Writing requires complex visual, motor, and information-processing skills.  Writing-related learning differences (also known as “dysgraphia”) may cause the following:

  • Slow and difficult handwriting
  • Difficult to read handwriting
  • Difficulty putting thoughts into writing
  • Written work that’s poorly organized or hard to understand
  • Problems with spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Q: What are math-related learning differences?

A: A child might have math-related learning differences (often referred to as “dyscalculia”) if he or she finds it difficult to:

  • Understand how numbers work in relation to each other
  • Calculate and solve math problems
  • Memorize basic calculations
  • Use math symbols
  • Understand word problems
  • Organize and record information while solving a math problem

Q: What are learning differences related to non-verbal skills?

A: A child with non-verbal differences like ADHD and ASD (aka “autism spectrum disorder”) may have trouble with the following:

  • Interpreting facial expressions and non-verbal cues in social interactions
  • Using language appropriately in social situations
  • Physical coordination
  • Fine motor skills such as writing
  • Attention, planning, and organizing
  • Higher-level reading comprehension or written expression

Q: What are the signs of learning differences in children?

A: Be on the lookout for these signs:

  • Poor mastery of reading, spelling, writing, or math skills expected of their age and grade levels
  • Difficulty in understanding and following instructions
  • Poor memory
  • Poorly-coordinated motor skills
  • A tendency to misplace belongings
  • Difficulty in understanding the concept of time
  • Resistance doing homework or activities that involve reading, writing, or math
  • Consistently cannot complete homework assignments without significant help
  • Defiant, hostile, or excessively emotional reactions at school or while doing academic work

Q: What can I do as a parent if my child has a learning difference?

A: Children with learning differences might experience performance anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, chronic fatigue, or loss of motivation. Some children might act out to divert attention from the challenges they face in school.

Learning differences must be addressed as early as possible to prevent more severe issues later. As a parent, you might want to consider the following:

  • Seek help. Hire a tutor or other trained professional so they can help your child improve academic, organizational, and study skills.
  • Arrange for accommodations. Talk to your child’s school or teacher(s) and see if your child can have more time to complete assignments or tests, be seated near the teacher to promote attention, use computer applications that support writing, or listen to audiobooks to supplement reading.
  • Consider therapy options. Occupational therapy might improve your child’s motor skills, while speech therapy can help address language skills. At Currey Ingram Academy, we can provide an assessment to see where your child falls within the many learning differences to prepare a plan for growth and improvement. Click here to schedule an assessment.
  • Enroll your child in a school focused on helping children with learning differences. Currey Ingram Academy is a private school in Brentwood that empowers students with learning differences to reach their fullest potential. The school’s life-changing, personalized instruction will help your child thrive and succeed beyond the four walls of a classroom.

Currey Ingram Academy is a private school in Brentwood that supports and empowers students with learning differences to achieve their fullest potential – academically and socially – within an environment that fosters holistic student development. Get in touch by calling (615) 507-3173.

Don’t Let Bugs Make Their Way Into Your Holidays

In Pest Control on December 9, 2021 at 11:56 am

Alder Pest Control

If you’re looking for pest control in Bentonville, AR, Alder Pest Control has you covered, even in the winter when you wouldn’t expect creepy crawlies to make an appearance. But, they do, and here are a few of the most common insect infestations to be on the lookout for in the cooler months.


If you thought ticks were just a summer nuisance picked up in tall grass, you’re wrong. The black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can cause Lyme disease and a host of other unwelcome issues. And, if you live in Northwest Arkansas, you’ll want to be on the lookout for these all year round. Your pest control company can help keep ticks at bay so you can enjoy the outdoors no matter the season.


Moving indoors, you might notice more eight-legged visitors on your basement floor when the sun starts setting at 4:30 PM. Spiders need warmth just as much as any other insect, and they will make their way to dark corners, cardboard boxes, in any other “safe” indoor location in search of it.


Ladybugs may be beautiful, but they love to swarm throughout Northwest Arkansas. The best way to keep them from shacking up in your walls and ceiling is to simply seal their point of entry. A means of natural pest control for ladybugs is spraying them down with a solution of warm, soapy water. This will not only kill them, but it will also neutralize the pheromones they secrete that attract their brethren.


Nobody wants to think about a cockroach infestation; but, it’s something that should be front and center of your pest control plan year-round. Cockroaches come with many health hazards, including the potential to leave salmonella and other bacteria on food. Cockroaches are also known to carry typhoid fever and cholera. Although you likely don’t have to worry about these diseases, you’ll want to call your pest control company to ensure that roaches hit the road.

Ultimately, there are dozens of insects that are likely to make their way into your home by the winter solstice. But, this doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Although your pest control company can’t do anything about an open door, they can help you formulate a plan to seal unnecessary entrances to discourage entry in the first place. Your pest control plan will take care of any unwelcome insects that might make their appearance at the worst possible time, like Christmas dinner.

Contact Alder Pest Control today at 479-802-0087 to schedule your quarterly pest control services, and show bugs that you are serious about their banishment. Our technicians are highly trained and familiar with the nuisances of living in northwest Arkansas.