What Are Learning Disabilities?
An estimated four to five percent of the school population are handicapped by specific learning disabilities (LDs). Many of these children experience failure in school and in life unless their handicap is diagnosed early and treated appropriately. People with LDs have average or above average intelligence but often are unable to achieve their potential.
Each person, child, or adult, with a learning disability is unique. Each has a different combination and severity of problems. A person with a learning disability has one or more significant deficits in the essential learning processes—visual, auditory, communication, motor control, logic, etc.
Symptoms of Learning Disabilities:
It is important to remember that no one will have ALL of these symptoms. All people will exhibit at least two or three of the problems to some degree at one time or another. This may not mean that they have a specific learning disability. A person with a learning disability has a cluster of these symptoms that do not disappear with age. The number of symptoms seen in a particular child does not give an indication as to whether the disability is mild or severe. Rather, the severity and the existence of clusters comprise the most significant indications. Most importantly, remember that a person with a learning disability can learn but must be taught in a manner appropriate for his or her particular strengths.
Suggestions for Helping Children with Learning Disabilities