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Defining Learning Disabilities
A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with a personís ability to store, process, or produce information.
Learning disabilities can affect oneís ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect a personís attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity.
Common learning disabilities include:
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 canít 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, donít delay in seeking help and taking action!