There are a broad range of reasons why a child may present with difficulties in learning. The age at which the child appears deficient is also very relevant. An infant who is slow to talk or perform expected tasks may have an unnoticed deficiency in hearing or eyesight or may be exhibiting mental handicap. Not achieving developmental landmarks needs initially to be assessed by a paediatric psychologist.

In older children, handicaps and autism (childhood schizophrenia) should be apparent and need to be dealt with appropriately. If obvious causes are not apparent, then conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and poor nutrition need to be considered. Deficiencies in B complex, zinc and various amino acids can impair learning ability. Most of us have some hidden talent and, taking this concept to an extreme, all of us may be a genius at something if given the time, space and training. If your child is proving slow at languages but adequate at mathematics, then education and not medicinal support is required.


As a parent, do not try to diagnose your own children. Seek help from a child psychologist if you have any doubts about your child’s development or learning abilities.

Ensure that the child’s diet is well balanced and if you have a pernickety eater, give daily supplements for those food groups that may be missing.

If you have any doubts about the child’s nutrition, talk with a dietician.

If a problem is diagnosed, then treat appropriately, but slow learning may be improved by cranial osteopathy and art or music therapy.

Without doubt, the correct homeopathic constitutional remedy will benefit and should be selected by a trained homeopath.