Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities


The National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Learning Disabilities Association are the best two resources when researching learning disabilities.  

A Learning Disability (LD) is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store and respond to information.  A learning disability will vary in how it impacts each individual child, adolescent and adult.  There are several types of LD.  The National Center for Learning Disabilities listed: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia as well as others disorders that may coexists with LD such as Dyspraixa, Executive Functioning, AD/HD, and other related issues.

Dyslexia is a language based processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking.  Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision.  It is a neurological disorder that causes the brain to process and interpret information differently.

Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math.  There is no single type of math disability.  Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. 

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills.  It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting, and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgraphia might have trouble organizing letters, numbers, and words on a line or page.  

It is imperative that the LD student be given an educational setting where they feel accepted and supported.  The LD student will need elicit instruction that is accumulative and multi sensory.