Can Learning Disabilities Be Mitigated?

Limit intake of sugar and packaged, processed foods as much as possible. Use whole oatmeal for breakfast with berries, rather than packaged cereals.

If your child needs an antibiotic or steroid, also give a good probiotic three times a day for several months after the medicine has been given, to restore the child’s gut ecology. Remember that the bowel is the manufacturing plant for the calming, focusing neurotransmitter, Serotonin.

Play much outside in the sunshine, without sun block on for part of the time. [viii]

If the child has hypotonia (low muscle tone), research the information on the role that Vitamin D plays in this condition. It is fascinating.

Consider giving emulsified, flavored cod liver oil to any child with speech delay or articulation issues, sensory processing issues, or difficulty sitting still. This has worked for hundreds of years with children. We have just forgotten the importance of this food in our children’s diets.


This information is not intended as medical advice. Everyone is encouraged to make their own health care decisions, with advice from qualified professionals.

1. Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, Brain Integration Therapy Manual.

2. Dr. Jacqueline Stordy, Ph.D., The LCP Solution for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD.

3. Mary Ann Block, D.O., No More Ritalin.

4. Leo Galland, M.D., Superimmunity for Kids.

5. William Crook, M.D., Help for the Hyperactive Child.

6. “Fish Oil Supplements for Pregnant Moms Boosts Kids’ Eye/Hand Coordination and Learning,” Science Daily,June 29, 2012.

7. “Giving DHA Supplements to Pregnant Mothers,” Science Daily, May 1, 2010.

8. Michael Holick, M.D., The Vitamin D Solution. Dianne Craft has a master’s degree in learning disabilities. She speaks widely at home school conventions across the country. Her books, Brain Integration Therapy Manual, Right Brain Phonics Program, and her DVDs, Understanding & Helping the Struggling Learner, Teaching the Right Brain Child, Smart Kids—Who Hate to Write, and The Biology of Behavior have helped hundreds of families remove learning blocks in their struggling children at home. Visit her website,, for many articles on children and learning and to download her free Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling Reader and Writer.   Copyright, 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine, October 2012. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.  

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