Learning Disabilities:

What is a Learning Disability?
A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is "wired." Children with learning disabilities are often as smart or smarter than their peers but they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information, if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.
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 go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life.

People with learning disabilities do not have low intelligence; in fact, they have average or above average intelligence. However, their academic performance, as measured by standardized tests, is below what one would expect of someone of their intelligence, age, and grade level. Thus, a person with a learning disability may score poorly on tests, but the low scores are due to a problem with learning, not to low intelligence.

Have you had concerns or question about your child, such as:
My child can’t stay focused on any thing he tries to do things to fast
My child has difficulty reading and writing
My child doesn’t seem to be keeping up with other kids his age
My child has difficulty with speech or understanding people

Some types of learning disabilities?
• Speech and language disorders
    Difficulty producing speech sounds
    Difficulty using spoken language to communicate. Difficulty with verbal expression.
    Difficulty understanding what other people say. Hears the words, but doesn’t process the words correctly.
• Academic skills disorders
    Reading problems. Cannot identify different word sounds.
    Writing problems. Problems with handwriting or with creating sentences that make sense to others.
    Arithmetic skills problems. Problems with calculations or with abstract mathematical concepts.
• Miscellaneous learning disabilities
    Fine motor skills problems
    Nonverbal Learning Disorder

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