What is Learning Disability?

I found a lot of information on disability and inclusion while doing research for diversity and multicultural class. It is always interesting to see how we react to students who deviate from our own preconceived models. We often label students as disruptive or disobedient, if they fail to complete the work assigned or even if they work differently. Rarely , we may look at the real cause or reasons for such deviant behavior in students. What is interesting here is that we find it hard to accept that not all great minds think alike. Some of us can think and work differently, like in the case of students with learning disability or ADHD, and yet  can be very successful like in the case of Albert Einstein and Walt Disney.

A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person’s brain is “wired.” Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

A learning disability can’t 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 go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life.

Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.

Some common Learning disabilities

  • Dyslexia – a language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. It may also be referred to as reading disability or reading disorder.
  • Dyscalculia – a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
  • Dysgraphia – a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
  • Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders – sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities – a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions.
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One Response to What is Learning Disability?

  1. I really liked your post on “What is a Learning Disability?” It’s quite informative.

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