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Learning Difficulties

Slow Learning and Poor Comprehension

Learning difficulties not severe enough to be considered a disorder are often experienced by individuals. Those with learning difficulties across all subjects are considered slow learners. They do poorly in school but are not eligible for special education. At Spectrum Learning, we believe that the brain can be trained to target learning difficulties to improve the learning experience. Difficulties in spelling and comprehension are common among such children. Since the founding of Spectrum Learning, we have worked with many children who have Spelling and Reading difficulties. We have investigated into the causes of this problem using brain mapping (QEEG) and our elaborate biological tests. Learning difficulties typically include:

  • Poor memory
  • Poor cognition (reasoning and thinking)
  • Passive; slow response
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Mastering skills slowly or not at all

Finding the causes

Brain factors

The most common cause of slow learning and poor comprehension is inactivity of certain areas of the brain while performing tasks such as reading or writing. Spectrum Learning has identified various clients with inactive brain profiles, as shown in the figures below.

At Spectrum Learning, we have developed an intervention programme using Neurofeedback therapy that teaches clients to activate the essential parts of their brain every time they read. With a period of training, this skill will be internalized. we can also activate the language and memory centres, or language and analytical centers to cater for the different types of materials that they are reading. This has achieved remarkable results in our client’s learning.

Biological factors

Our biochemistry tests will identify nutrients that our clients will need to sustain a higher level of mental ability. It can also identify any exposure to neuro-toxins which inhibit mental performance significantly. Neuro-toxins dull the brain and can lead to under-achievements.

At Spectrum Learning, we have done many biological tests, similar to those done for autistic children and have discovered many biological factors that can cause learning difficulties. Some of them include:

  • Exposure to and accumulation of toxic elements
  • Nutritional mineral deficiency
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Toxic/Nutrient ratios
  • Thyroid and Adrenal functions
  • Nutritional mineral deficiency
  • Food allergies
  • Excessive organic acids (yeast, bacteria)
  • Acidity
  • Excessive peptides
In Singapore, one of the common causes is exposure to toxic elements mercury and cadmium, found in seafood and plastic toys or cookware respectively. Both these toxic elements affects memory formation and recall.