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Potential precipitators of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD & ADHD

Dyslexia, ADD and ADHD are NOT indications of a low intelligence.  In fact, most learning disabled, ADD, ADHD individuals (children and adults) have actually a normal to above normal innate intelligence.

Based upon research, the following are the leading causes or precipitators of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD & ADHD.

  1. Hereditary factors - The genetic predisposition to dyslexia and other learning disabilities is probably the predominant factor. Chances are that if one or more of the parents had or has a learning disability, ADD, ADHD, then there is a better then average chance that one or more children will have the same condition to a lesser or greater degree.
  2. Inadequate crawling development time (generally walking too early or not enough, infant cooped up for too many hours in a restrictive area such as a playpen, floor too cold to crawl on for extended periods, spending too much time in a walker or jumper). The crawling action is crucial for the formation of the nerve bundles for the transition from unilateral to bilateral functionality and harmonization. In some therapies to overcome or lessen the effects of autism, extended period (6-8 hours a day) of crawling is done to recreate the activity to stimulate nerve growth.
  3. Environmental factors - lack of a stimulus / physical response environment may result in poor nerve growth. A physical response to a stimulus MUST be required for nerve growth to take place properly. See the following item as well.
  4. Engaging in too many passive activities - Activities such as watching television or being cooped up in a crib for extended periods of time during the early years may shortchange the brain's development. The brain, in order to properly develop its neurological bundles, needs to produce many physical responses to a wide variety of sensory stimuli. Many researchers claim watching television is a brain suspender, in that it requires no mental picture generation (the picture being provided), it requires little or no mental response activity and it produces no physical response to the mental input.   Moreover the programming for kids is often quite violent, especially in the cartoons.  Kids emulate what they see and their behavior may mimic the disrespectful or hyperactive behavior they are exposed to (e.g. the Simpsons).  A very interesting article by an expert in training soldiers how to kill makes an excellent argument that we as a society are programming our kids to kill by what they see.  Restricting TV watching or better yet, eliminating the antenna and cable service may have a marvelous behavioral effect, not to mention increasing quality family time.

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