Myth Or Fact

Myth #1

He’s lazy and just needs to try harder.

Fact

Trying harder just leads to frustration if you don’t have the skills to do the work.

Myth #2

He’s immature and he’ll grow out of it.

Fact

The problem gets worse and harder to correct as a child gets older.

Myth #3

Learning problems are permanent.

Fact

Learning problems can be corrected and moved out of the way of learning. Students must be able to direct, focus, and sustain their attention at school. Being able to remember what you see and hear is critical for reading and math – it is foundational for all learning. Efficient executive function skills enable students to organize, plan, and use their time wisely.

Scott, a third grader, slams the door as he arrives home from school and shouts, “I hate school! I’ll never be good at reading or math!” He runs to his room crying…

At 8 years of age, he already feels like a failure.

Is Scott doomed to a future of frustration with learning? The answer is no…unless you have bought into one of the three myths about learning problems.

Here’s the best news!

Research shows that the brain can change. The exciting thing is that within the past 10-15 years some amazing programs have been developed to make learning easier. These new programs target essential skills and help the brain develop new paths for learning.

So, what about those myths?

They are fiction – an invention of the past that made it a little easier to accept students’ learning problems that could not be explained any other way. Current brain research and our clinical experience at Pathfinders prove that these myths are simply not true.


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