Learning disabilities related to Spina Bifida
Depending on how old your child is, you may have already discovered that his learning process seems to be different from the typical child. For us, we noticed that Lauren took longer to learn certain concepts, and forgot them much more easily. She also takes much longer to do chores and activities and often forgets what she is supposed to be doing. She is a typical kid in almost every way (except for mobility and toileting) except for her memory. She loves singing and dolls and dress-up. She wants to be a surgeon and she wants children someday. She loves to spend time with her friends and enjoys coloring, drawing, and writing stories.
We had a sleep study done as well as two series of tests, one with a child psychologist and one with a special-ed teacher. The sleep study showed that Lauren woke over 70 times during the night, and that she received very little REM sleep. A good night’s is imperative for learning and retaining knowledge. We all need sleep. To help Lauren, we diffuse Lavender or spray Roman Chamomile on her sheets. I also allow her to sleep as late as she wants, because we were told that her best sleep seems to be in the morning hours. We do homeschool, so that makes it easier. No buses to catch! We held her back one year in early elementary school, but she is catching up and doing well. She is currently in 5th grade.
The cognitive/psychological tests we took showed that Lauren has extremely poor long-term and short-term memory. She retains knowledge best when all five sense are engaged in the learning process. This is the only way that the professionals could explain how she knows what she knows. They were shocked at her memory scores. I have since learned from other SB parents that they are facing the same questions and issues. Again, we choose to homeschool, so we are able to ensure that she does have curriculums that are engaging to her and that she is able to move around and use what is needed to help her learn. If your child is in your local school system, work closely with the teacher to implement a plan of education that works for your child. Lauren does a lot of hands-on activities. She touches and feels, sees with her eyes. We read to her so she can hear while reading along with us. Her reading skills are very good. We also diffuse essential oils to help with memory and focus, such as Peppermint or In Tune.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I love being a teacher and a mom to two girls with SB. Both of them have serious memory issues but you wouldn’t know it! You have to find what works for YOUR child. I am a wellness advocate with doTERRA, so of course I use doTERRA essential oils. Let me know if you are interested in ordering oils for yourself. I’m glad to help.