POOR concentration? Mood swings? Hyperactivity? Does your child have a learning disorder?
From foetal development through to adulthood, brain critical nutrients influence academic performance, mood, and behaviour. Evidence indicates that nutrient deficiencies and fatty acid imbalances may contribute to a range of childhood neurodevelopment disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia (specific reading difficulties), dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder), and autistic spectrum disorders.
A learning disorder is classified as a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. A person with a learning disorder is usually of average or above-average intelligence and does not have any major sensory problems (such as blindness or hearing impairment), and yet struggles to keep up with people of the same age in learning and regular functioning.
Learning disorder is a term that refers to numerous sub-groups of disabilities affecting a person's ability in areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and mathematics.
While experts are not exactly sure what causes learning disorders, they may be due to factors such as heredity, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxic substances (including heavy metals), poor diet, lack of dietary fibre, food allergens and intolerances, intestinal bacterial infections, pathogenic yeast overgrowth, gastrointestinal parasites, drug use (including antibiotics) and sensitivities to food additives and preservatives.
Some common symptoms associated with learning disorders are tiredness and sluggishness, short attention span, hyperactivity, poor memory, mood swings, anti-social behaviour, learning difficulties, bloating and bowel complaints and general lack of interest.
If you suspect your child has a learning disorder or your child has already received a diagnosis, a number of therapeutic interventions can help improve symptoms and recovery.
Please consult your preferred healthcare practitioner for further information.
Vanessa Nunn is a naturopath with Active Living - The Wellness Company.
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