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LD General Information

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines a Learning Disability as

"...a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia."

A Learning Disability (LD) is a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to receive, process, store, and respond to information. It is a processing difficulty. LD is identified by a gap between a student’s ability and his academic achievement, that cannot be explained by other factors, like socioeconomic status or another disability. Children with LD have an average or above average IQ. They are just as smart as their peers, but the “wiring” of their brains make it difficult for them to learn. LD affects reading, writing, and math skills, audio and visual processing, speaking, and reasoning. LD affects everyone from the student to classmates, teachers and, of course, parents.

Common Learning Disabilies include:

Signs of a Learning Disability