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
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
Have you had concerns or question
about your child, such as:
My child cant stay focused on any thing he
tries to do things to fast
My child has difficulty reading and writing
My child doesnt seem to be keeping up with
other kids his age
My child has difficulty with speech or
Some types of learning disabilities?
Speech and language disorders
Difficulty producing speech sounds
Difficulty using spoken language to
communicate. Difficulty with verbal
Difficulty understanding what other people
say. Hears the words, but doesnt 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
Miscellaneous learning disabilities
Fine motor skills problems
Nonverbal Learning Disorder