Did you know that over 2.4 million students are currently diagnosed with a learning disability? Some people mistakenly think that having a learning disability means you can’t learn. In reality, learning disabilities change the way people process and understand information; having a learning disability does not mean a person can’t learn. Check out these extraordinary people with learning disabilities!
Generally speaking, learning disabilities are neurological disorders that may make it difficult for people to gain certain academic and social skills. For many school children, this can cause academic and social distress, particularly if their teacher doesn’t understand how they process information. There are many types of learning disorders, but some you may have heard of include:
Dyslexia – Characterized by difficulties in language processing and in reading, writing, spelling and speaking.
Dyscalculia – Characterized by difficulties with mathematical calculations
Dysgraphia – Characterized by difficulties in written thought
Dyspraxia – Characterized by impaired motor skills development
There are many different symptoms of learning disabilities but some include difficulty with reading, writing, calculation, or ability to follow directions in comparison to peers. If you suspect that your child may have a learning disability, please contact your school psychologist, school counselor, or search our database of psychologists to start developing a plan to improve psychological, academic and social functioning.
For additional information about learning disabilities, please review these resources:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Learning Challenges Self-Help Resources
- New York Times Article: The Upside of Dyslexia
- Teens Health: Learning disabilities – Information for kids
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: Information for parents
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: Video – What are learning disabilities?