What are learning disabilities?

 

Testing Children For Learning DisabilitiesLearning disabilities, or learning disorders, are really umbrella terms for a wide variety of learning problems. Learning disabilities are neurological and can manifest in numerous ways.

Specifically, someone who has a learning disability finds it challenging to acquire knowledge and skills that are on par with their age group.

It is important to note that those with learning disabilities are no less “smart” than their peers, they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information when they are left to themselves to figure things out or when they are taught using standard methods.

They simply see and process things differently than those without learning disabilities.

As mentioned above, learning disabilities are neurological. Although they cannot be cured or fixed, with the right diagnosis and testing, those with learning disabilities can find help. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that the brain can change and, with the right learning conditions and support, the brain can reorganize itself by forming new neural connections which can help with skills like reading and writing which the old connections made difficult.  With support and intervention, children and adults with learning disabilities can succeed in school and live successful lives.