Sometimes it is easy to see what is affecting a student’s ability to function in their world. We can all see some disabilities clearly, because we notice them having trouble moving from one place to another, or they are unable to see what their peers can when their teacher is giving a lecture. Sometimes disabilities are temporary and sometimes they last for a lifetime.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with students. I am focusing my attention on “Invisible Disabilities. These are disabilities we can’t see with the naked eye. They affect a student’s ability to socialize appropriately with their peers, respond safely to the adults in their lives, learn and recall age-appropriate academic information and influence the way they see the world.
These students can learn, but they struggle with their learning because just like students with visible disabilities, these students need accommodations too.
Click on these links to learn more about these disorders, including symptoms, treatment, and what can be done to prevent them (the list is from the CDC):
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Conduct Disorder (CD)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Tourette Syndrome
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other conditions and concerns that affect children’s learning, behavior, and emotions include learning and developmental disabilities, autism, and risk factors like substance use and self-harm.