What is a Learning Disability?
A learning disability affects the way children of average and above average intelligence receive, process, or express information and lasts throughout life. It impacts the ability to learn the basic skills of reading, writing, or math.
If you suspect that your child has a learning disability (LD), don’t despair. With early recognition and targeted intervention, children with LD can achieve as well as other children do. Students whose LD is identified and addressed before they leave third grade have the best chance at academic success, but it’s never too late.
Fortunately, not every child who struggles in school has a learning disability. For example, common reasons for reading problems in young children are insufficient reading practice and a lack of background knowledge. This type of learning difficulty can often be re-mediated without the need for special education services.
However, it’s critical that you are proactive about your child’s learning difficulties. The sooner you address your child’s struggles, the sooner he or she can receive appropriate support.
Here are some important steps you can take to work with teachers and other professionals to find out if your child has LD and ensure that he or she gets the necessary help to succeed in school.
- Parent and child interviews
- Direct classroom observation
- A review of your child’s educational and medical history
- A series of tests that help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses
- Information gathering with teachers and other professionals who work with your child
Facts About LD:
- With support and intervention, kids with LD can be successful in learning and life.
- Difficulty with basic reading and language skills are the most common LD.
- LD may be inherited.
- LD affects girls as frequently as they do boys.
- Kids don’t outgrow or get cured of LD.