Learning With Spina Bifida

by Kayla Sinkler Period: 2 1/7/16

Background, and intro

How can I create a presentation that will inform people about the affects of Spina Bifida on a child's learning?

Spina Bifida is a birth defect that is a result of not having enough folic acid during prenatal stages. It usually affects a child's mobility, and symptoms range in severity. Some children have hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain." I chose this topic because it is very interesting to me and is not widely researched so I would like to know more.

Do these children have trouble learning?

Many children with spina bifida have trouble learning, or learning disorders. This might be due to the fact that some kids have severe spine abrasions, that could have damaged important nerves near the brain. Or they could have hydrocephalus. To help aid these children in school they can receive IEP or 504 plans from school administrators. Some of the learning disorders include:


*spelling disorders


*inappropriate grammar usage


*visual and auditory processing problems

*bad handwriting

*faulty hand-eye coordination

*bad motor skills



*distracted easily

Kids with this disorder might also be out of school frequently, so it might be hard for them to keep up with learning which further adds to their problems.

"Each year, about 1, 500 babies are born with spina bifida. In 1992, the United States Public Health Service recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to reduce the risk of having a pregnancy affected by birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs), which include spina bifida." A quote from the CDC.gov. Studies have shown that Hispanic women have a higher risk of having affected babies than black or white woman do. In the U.S there are approximately 1,300 babies born with this defect.. The only known prognosis is to have mothers consume folic acid during prenatal stages, to help prevent it. I feel that this topic is important because it affects, and could affect a large percentage of the United States. I believe that we as Americans should try to prevent this as much as we can.
Spina Bifida
I chose this video, because it supplies more info about spina bifida, so that you can further understand it. I learned about how you can possibly prevent it, and what it is. I hope you learned this to.
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Babies born with this disease, per year, plus ethnicity rates.

What can we do to aid these kids?

To help aid kids with these mental and physical handicaps we can:

Help ensure their independence, instead of treating them differently, we should let them do stuff on their own.

To help aid them with these handicaps their parents can:

Register a 504 plan, a plan that ensures that kids with disabilities will "receive accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment."

Register an IEP plan, or Independent Educational Plan, which ensures that kids with handicaps receive extra help.

They are both equally effective.