Coping with a Child who has Learning Difficulties

Wyatt is an exceptional young boy but as he grows older, signs of difficulties begin to emerge clearer. Find out more about him here in this latest blog post!

Finding out Wyatt was different

When Wyatt was little, I noticed he was very different than his sister at the age of 2 but didn’t think anything of it. I just thought he had more tantrums than her and that he was a shy boy with delayed speech, but watching him grow I noticed that he wouldn’t maintain eye contact and his vocabulary hadn’t developed as normal, and his tantrums got worse.

He would have a meltdown over the slightest of things and would headbutt walls, floors and the doors. He also used to bite himself. There were days I would have to sit on the floor with him and cuddle him to calm him down, and believe me, I certainly got the backlash of it most of the time.

I’d get headbutted, screamed at, kicked and even bitten, but I know it wasn’t his fault. I hated seeing him this way.

I remember when he was 3 years old. He had his injections – it was very formidable – I watched as he’d screamed and throw himself onto the floor kicking excessively. At the time he was limited in his speech but was able to say a few words now. The nurse could not hack his meltdown and sent us out the room (which frankly was quite rude) so I carried my upset little man back home under my arm whilst he continued his paddy (took him about an hour to calm down).

I had onlookers stare at me curious to know what was going on, but I carried on walking.


Wyatt Started Playgroup

When Wyatt started playgroup he was very shy but that was to be expected. It was something new and a completely different environment to what he was used to.

As he continued to go everyday, he began to enjoy it but wasn’t really interacting with the other kids (he would tend to sit and play on his own). He would also only interact with one nursery teacher – I think he took a liking to her (she was amazing with him).

He refused to speak to any of the other staff, so she took the time to be his one-to-one and he came along really well. His speech improved slowly and began vocalising more words.

As Wyatt got older he enjoyed going to nursery and school, and made friends. He learnt to interact more with others. Despite his speech coming along fairly well, the teachers still had trouble understanding him and referred him to Speech and Language Therapy.

It’s helped him a lot (He doesn’t stop talking now) but still has trouble pronouncing words accurately.

Example: he’ll say Frod instead of Frog

Wyatt is 6 years old now and still has problems. I’ve noticed more subtle signs that he may in fact have Autism. He likes to build a tower with his younger sisters’ blocks and he forms the same one, exactly the same, everyday! Same colours and same shapes.

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Wyatt gets angry if anybody touches it. He lines up toys and categorises them by colours. He’ll say the same words over and over again, and repeats what I say to him as an answer to my comment.

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He still doesn’t maintain eye contact and doesn’t hug back. He still has a temper and breaks things (mostly his own toys) and has no sense of danger.


Taking Wyatt Out

When I take Wyatt out, he seems to be in his own little world. He doesn’t seem to notice anyone walking in front of him and he tends to gallop along a section of the pavement of the same colour. He doesn’t sense any danger and I will have to remind him to stop before he’d run onto the road (He’s given me plenty of panic attacks before now).


Wyatt At School

Wyatt comes home from school with homework and he struggles with it to say the least. He learns something but will forget how to do it again within a short space of time. I did his homework with him over the weekend, words that he’s been learning for a while now and has shown previously he knows them, but he was unable to write them this time and couldn’t recognise the words.

This is a continuing problem Wyatt has, but he does try hard. I will keep working with him and hope he improves.


Worries

I worry that this little boy of mine will get bullied because of his learning difficulties and will get taken advantage of (he can be manipulated easily by other class mates).

I must admit it’s hard having a child with learning difficulties – some days are harder than others and it makes me worry about his future. Wyatt wouldn’t be Wyatt otherwise though – it’s just who he is. He makes me proud everyday and I am fascinated to watch him build his tower house out of blocks and to see his imagination kick in.

Wyatt hasn’t formally been diagnosed with anything yet, but we were hoping to get an assessment arranged for a diagnosis in order to give him the help and support he needs.

 

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Author: Zoe

Hi! I'm Zoe Williams. I am a mum of 4 children and I am in a happy relationship with my partner Liam. I like reading, writing and various other activities. I like spending time with the kids and now I am here to blog about it.

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