The Learning Disability Circuit: How Learning Disabilities Work

The Learning Disability Circuit Video Transcription

“Learning disability” is the term we use to describe a low power supply of brain chemicals in sections of the brain that process language or math.

Common learning disabilities include: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, language processing disorders, and more.

For example, imagine this string of lights represents the neuron wires connecting all sections of your brain.

What happens if this circuit is cut?

The power goes out.

This is what happens when there is a low supply of brain chemicals in the sections of the brain that process language or math; the neuron wires don’t fire properly and the power in these sections goes out.

That means these sections of the brain are NOT able to communicate consistently with the rest of your brain.

However, the good news is that your brain can grow an unlimited number of neuron wires!

So, when there is a challenged area, other sections of the brain can build pathways around it… like a detour.

How do you build pathways around the challenge areas?

By engaging stronger sections of the brain to learn new information… this includes your emotions, five senses, and connections to other life experiences that activate multiple sections of your brain.

These detours build neuron wire connections around the weaker areas of the brain. It’s like building muscles; the more you use them, the stronger your brain becomes.

Students build these detours by identifying their strengths and building learning connections, as taught in The SOAR® Learning & Soft Skills system.

With effective detours, students with learning disabilities can discover success!

This is the Learning Disability Circuit.

We will be featuring the more brain biology videos in the weeks to come. To watch the whole series now, click here.

To our students’ success,

Susan Kruger, M.Ed.
Creator of SOAR

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