A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes
with a person’s ability to store, process, or produce information.
Learning disabilities can affect one’s ability to read, write,
speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect a person’s
attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity.
Common learning disabilities include:
- Dyslexia – a language-based disability in which
a person has trouble with specific language skills, particularly
- Dyscalculia – a mathematical disability in which
a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and
grasping math concepts.
- Dysgraphia – a writing disability in which a person
finds it hard to form letters, write within a defined space and
Learning disabilities often run in families.
Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities
such as mental retardation, autism, deafness, blindness, and behavioral
disorders. None of these conditions are learning disabilities.
Attention disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) and learning disabilities often occur at the same time, but
the two disorders are not the same.
Because learning disabilities cannot be seen, they often go undetected.
Recognizing a learning disability is even more difficult because
the severity and characteristics vary.
A learning disability can’t be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong
issue. With the right support and intervention, however, children
with learning disabilities can succeed in school and in life.
Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve success
by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding
the educational system, working with professionals and learning
about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.
Most importantly, if you suspect your child has a learning problem,
don’t delay in seeking help and taking action!
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