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Learning disability and possible mislabelling….

Learning disability and possible mislabelling….

Written by Dr Marcia Becherel


Artist school little girl painting watercolors portraitIn Australia, statistics indicates that two to three children in each classroom will experience problems with learning.

It’s not only reserved to children, as many adults in various types of employment may also struggle with difficulties in reading, writing, or spelling. In most cases, these problems in learning cannot be explained by low intellectual ability or by a person’s lack of education, or visual or hearing impairments.

This “learning disability” epidemic is a worldwide phenomenon, and children experiencing difficulties in learning at school become rapidly label as “learning disabled”.

What is really going on? Is this a new disease of the modern age, of our fast paced society?

To understand better what is really going on, let’s talk about what is common to every person on the planet and what has been present since the beginning of mankind.

Do you have any idea on what it may be?

Well, it’s learning. From the time we are born, then grow up and ultimately depart, the activity that every human being does on this planet day after day is: Learning new things.

Whether it is before going to school within our family, at school and at university in the academic system, in our job or business, and later in life at retirement, one thing that is for sure is that human beings are learning “machines”. We have been hardwired that way. We cannot not learn!

However, since we are all different with our own unique gifts, talents and skills, we also use different strategies for learning. For example, some people learn better by seeing pictures, diagrams and are referred to as “visuals”, others prefer listening to instructions and directions and are known as “auditory”, while some learn best by doing things and using their hands.

This latest group known as kinaesthetics usually correspond to individuals that excel in sports, arts and manual activities.

A person’s preferred mode of learning has a profound impact on how that person will learn, retain and integrate information. The academic system, as it exists in many countries all over the world has been designed to mostly cater for visual and auditory people. Therefore it may not be too surprising that those that learn best by doing, the kinaesthetic people, may encounter more challenges at school or often end up learning with a slower pace.

In the case of learning how to spell words, the most effective strategy is visual learning. In other words, good spellers are mainly people that use a visual strategy. Now you may say, OK it’s good to know, but what can I do for my child that has been labeled dyslexic or learning disabled.  The first thing is to determine your child’s strategy for learning or spelling.

In the late 1970s, a new modality called neurolinguistic programming (NLP) was developed. NLP represents a vital skill to improve the effectiveness and impact of communication, the understanding of human experiences, and the relationship between the mind, the body, emotions and actions.

What is remarkable about NLP is that it not only helps you dissect, interpret situations, and understand & clarify your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs; but It can also be employed very effectively to determine and change a certain strategy.

Thousands of case studies have demonstrated how NLP has been successfully employed to help change someone’s ineffective strategy for a more effective one. I have personally used NLP with children to replace inadequate learning and spelling strategies for a more effective one.

So, if like many parents your child has been labelled dyslexic or learning disabled by the education system, it may be time to check out HOW a simple NLP process can help you and your child break free from the labelling and get back on track.


Dr Marcia Becherel, MD, Ph D

Trainer & Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy™ & Hypnosis

Demartini Method® Facilitator

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner


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