A child is a gift that is hard to open. Hard because you do not really see what is in store for you in the coming days, months even years. And unless it comes to you with a complete set of instructions and afflictions, you will have a pretty interesting time unraveling your gift. One difficult phase a parent or carer can have is finding out your child have an illness. The second difficult phase is learning it was misdiagnosed. For this not to happen always, and I mean always, get a second opinion. Do your research and learn about commonly misdiagnosed learning disabilities.
Learning disabilities especially for children can be difficult to point out. Every child has their own timetable learning things. They develop in their own time that is one reason why it can be difficult. Misdiagnosis happens when other conditions are not ruled out. Some conditions share the same set of symptoms. But with enough testing and clear medical presentation graphics and illustrations, there is a better percentage of getting the correct diagnosis.
Here is a list of commonly misdiagnosed learning disabilities
- Dyslexia – a disability affecting reading and deciphering letters and sounds. It involves the part of the brain that concerns language. Dyslexia is often misdiagnosed as ‘Learning Delayed’ or ADHD.
- Auditory Processing Disorder – this is a condition that delays or muddles the processing of sensory information. It can include trouble distinguishing sounds that are similar as a symptom. Along with poor understanding of oral instructions. It is not that they cannot hear, it just takes a little time to connect what is heard into what is processed. Often this would be misdiagnosed as hard of hearing, deafness, or autism.
- ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition that affects attention and self regulation. It becomes difficult to diagnose because children are expected to be hyperactive. Early symptoms include trouble sleeping or napping, playing quietly or waiting their turn.
Correct diagnosis is not always the first step in overcoming these disabilities. Reassuring the person that it can be treated and everything will be okay, for me, is. A little encouragement never hurt anybody.