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7 Things to Know About the 1 in 5 with Learning and Attention Issues

The term "learning and attention issues" covers a wide range of challenges kids may face in school, at home and in the community. It includes all children who are struggling whether their issues have been formally identified or not. Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties, and they often run in families. Find resources that can help kids be successful in school and in life!

The term "learning and attention issues" covers a wide range of challenges kids may face in school, at home and in the community. It includes all children who are struggling whether their issues have been formally identified or not. Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties, and they often run in families. Find resources that can help kids be successful in school and in life!

#1: One in five kids has a learning or attention issue. Chances are, you know a child with learning and attention issues.

#2: Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties that can cause kids to struggle in school, socially and with everyday skills. Dyslexia and ADHD are examples of common learning and attention issues.

#3: Having learning and attention issues doesn't mean a child isn't intelligent. In fact, many kids with learning and attention issues are very bright.

#4: It's a myth that kids with learning and attention issues are "just being lazy." While learning and attention issues may not be as visible as other health issues, they're just as real.

#5: Some signs of learning and attention issues like refusing to read aloud, having a consistently messy backpack or not wanting to go to school can seem so commonplace that they're easy to overlook. If parents are concerned, talking to their child's teacher or doctor is a great first step.

#6: Kids learn in different ways and at different paces. It's important to teach to each student's individual strengths, skills and needs. This is true for all kids not just kids with learning and attention issues.

#7: By setting high expectations for kids with learning and attention issues, and ensuring they have the right supports from parents, educators and the community, we can propel them to thrive in school and in life.

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