Contrary to popular perception, most learning and concentration difficulties are not directly related to a person’s academic capacity. More often than not they represent physical problems in the body’s attempt to function and carry out tasks. Aiming to fix learning difficulties academically can in fact compound them by creating immense physical and emotional tension, stress and resistance. Lets look at an example of the physical act of reading. If the child has poor motor function of the eye muscle’s and lacks voluntary eye muscle control, then the simple act of reading will create huge amounts of tension over time. It will also create a situation where the child will not enjoy the act of reading and may avoid it altogether and will have trouble retaining the information just read. They are likely to suffer feelings of low self esteem and could be wrongly diagnosed with Dyslexia.
Now lets take another example of a child that experiences over-sensitivity of hearing. A good way to understand this sensory issue is to imagine that you have a hearing aid attached to your ears and the volume is on maximum all the time. It would be extremely difficult for this child to concentrate and filter out disruptive sounds from the environment, such as a noisy class room or a buzzing over-head fluorescent light. This over- sensitivity can create large amounts of physical and emotional stress and tension. This child could suffer headaches, be aggressive and disruptive, or withdrawn and be unable to concentrate in a class room environment. It is not commonly known that many learning and behavioural issues are a direct result of some dysfunctional system within the body. In part because we are culturally accustomed to treat symptoms rather than to seek out root cause’s and another is that the body can function with a dysfunction while the individual is still good at many things. What one fail’s to consider is the amount of effort, tension or distress a person experiences in order to be good at something.
Dr Moshe Elbaum-intelligence Integration