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At a Glance: Common Myths About Learning and Attention Issues

By Amanda Morin

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Myth: Watching TV causes learning and attention issues. Myth: Wearing glasses fixes them. These are two common misconceptions about learning and attention issues. See more myths—and the facts that dispel them.

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At a Glance: Common Myths About Learning and Attention Issues

Not everyone has a solid understanding of learning and attention issues. Here are some of the most common myths people harbor.

Myth:
Learning and attention issues are not common.
Learning and attention issues are linked to IQ.
There’s a cure for learning and attention issues.
Kids grow out of learning and attention issues.
Bad parenting causes learning and attention issues.
Watching too much TV can cause learning and attention issues.

Eating poorly can cause learning and attention issues.
Vaccinations can cause learning and attention issues.
Corrective eyewear (glasses) can fix learning and attention issues.
People with learning and attention issues are just being lazy.
People with learning and attention issues can’t have successful careers.

Fact:
Learning and attention issues are more common than you might think. As many as 1 in 5 people have them. Chances are, you know someone with learning and attention issues.
Learning and attention issues can run in families. There are other risk factors, too, but TV, diet and vaccinations aren’t among them.
There’s no cure for learning and attention issues. Classroom accommodations, certain therapies and other supports can help kids with learning and attention issues find success at school and in life.
Learning and attention issues are not a sign of low intelligence. There are many successful individuals with learning and attention issues—from attorney David Boies to actor Whoopi Goldberg and entrepreneur Richard Branson.
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You can help others get their facts straight. Learn more about learning and attention issues and talk to family and friends about them. You could even start teaching your child to speak up about the kinds of help she needs. Explore Parenting Coach for tips on how to encourage self-advocacy in your child.

About the Author

Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Molly Algermissen, Ph.D. Apr 07, 2014 Apr 07, 2014

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