Scientists With Learning Disabilities - Educate Your Child About Them
Created by Nandini Muralidharan Updated on Jan 22, 2020
Even with learning disabilities being diagnosed more easily, and with options available to address many of them, it is a taboo topic in most households. A child with a learning disability can easily feel isolated and his self-esteem can take a real beating if they are not understood and helped. Several famous and intelligent scientists have faced learning disabilities and overcome them to make wonderful progress. Read on to find out more.
What Are Learning Disabilities?
A learning disability comes in the way of a child processing and retaining information. It is neurological in nature, and it could affect a number of things – reading, writing, remembering certain information, or logical reasoning. Some of the commonly known learning disabilities are Dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Processing Deficits, and Dysgraphia. Know Learning Disabilities Causes, Symptoms & Cope-up tips
Scientists With Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities do not have to stop a child from having an immensely successful life. These scientists are proof of that:
Albert Einstein:This is a name that every child in school knows. Einstein’s theory of relativity and his E=mc2 energy equation changed the way the world perceived science. And his contribution to physics was never marred by the fact that he suffered from symptoms of dyslexia. Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, and several other prestigious accolades for his immense contributions. Encourage your child to read “Albert Einstein, A Biography” by Albrecht Fosling, and “Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids – His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Though Experiments” by Jerome Pohlen (for younger children)
Thomas Edison:He literally lit up the world with his invention of the electric light, and various other equally fantastic contributions. But did you know that Edison had a hearing disability? Instead of letting his disability bring him down, Edison used the silence to his advantage and became a successful scientist. “Time For Kids: Thomas Edison – A Brilliant Inventor” and Thomas Edison (Kids Can Read! Level 3) are good books to get your child reading about this genius
Leonardo da Vinci:When you think Leonardo da Vinci, the first image that comes to mind is that of Mona Lisa, right? But did you know that besides being a gifted artist, Leonardo da Vinci made some superb contributions to science? And would you believe it if we told you that this master painter was dyslexic? Even before helicopters and parachutes were invented, Leonardo da Vinci is believed to have made sketches depicting these. “Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas” is a wonderful book to start learning about this master. “Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer” has superb illustrations and will have your child hooked!
Alexander Graham Bell:Dyslexia didn’t come in the way of his invention of the first practical telephone. Graham Bell is a pioneer in the field of communication – not just the telephone but alternative means of communication, too, since his mother and wife were deaf. He is known for his work with the Deaf community. “Alexander Graham Bell (Kids Can Read, Level 3)” and “Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell” are two well-written books that you can introduce your child to
Michael Faraday:Your teenager will have definitely learned about Faraday at school – ask him about Faraday effect! This inventor and scientist’s contributions in the field of electromagnetism are well known. What many people don’t know is that Michael Faraday is believed to have been dyslexic. And despite not having formal schooling, this young man who was an apprentice to a bookbinder went on to become one of the greatest experimental scientists the world has seen
You’ve seen that true talent and determination is never hindered by learning disabilities. So if your child is faced with a similar disability, introduce him to these great scientists who have overcome these obstacles. Support your child and do your research on various forms of therapy or treatment that might be required. When your child is determined, a learning disability is a minor blip. Shower him with your love and support!
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