+ Learning and Attention Issues & the Brain

from material by Peg Rosen, Understood.org

[Tutoring in Columbus OH: see below]

The FRONTAL LOBE helps with self-control and focus

  • This part of the brain deals with behavior, decision making and emotions.
  • Where self-control and focus issues are at play, this part of the brain may be wired differently.
  • Pathways that carry information are organized poorly and may not signal well.
  • There may not be efficient use of brain chemicals. Some areas in this part of the brain may be smaller.

The LEFT TEMPORAL and PARIETAL LOBES help with reading

  • Some ares in the back of the brain are crucial when matching sounds to symbols.
  • Other parts of these areas help memorizing sight words
  • In reading issues, this area is underactive.
  • These areas are less active when communicating with the other parts of the brain devoted to reading.

The CEREBELLUM is involved with movement and balance

  • The cerebellum helps to coordinate movement; this includes fine motor skills (writing, tying shoes)
  • Also helps to maintain posture and balance
  • There may be links between this part of the brain and other brain functions ( language processing, emotional processing and ADHD)
  • Researchers are investigating whether those links exist; findings are not clear, and it’s a controversial topic

The PARIETAL LOBES are involved with math

  • The parietal lobes on the right and left sides support math and computation
  • If there are math issues, these areas may be less active
  • They also don’t appear to communicate well with other math-involved areas of the brain

Brain research is a fast-growing field. The biggest strides have been made in the areas of ADHD and dyslexia, but research continues in other areas, too. The more that’s known about learning and attention issues, the better able parents and schools will be to help kids succeed. — Understood.org

Source: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/getting-started/what-you-need-to-know/learning-and-attention-issues-and-the-brain?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

Peg Rosen has written for numerous digital and print outlets, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping, More, Fitness and Martha Stewart.

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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