Special Education Law: Learning Disabilities
A learning disability is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. Learning disabilities are actually a group of disorders, not a single disorder. They may affect one's ability to speak, listen, think, read, write, spell or compute. The most prevalent learning disability is in the area of reading, known as dyslexia.
Learning disabilities are not the same as intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation), sensory impairments (vision or hearing) or autism spectrum disorders. People with LD are of average or above-average intelligence but still struggle to acquire skills that impact their performance in school, at home, in the community and in the workplace. Learning disabilities are lifelong, and the sooner they are recognized and identified, the sooner steps can be taken to overcome the challenges they present
One primary indication of a learning disability is a distinct and unexplained gap between a child's level of expected achievement and his or her performance. Learning disabilities affect every person differently and they present differently at various stages of development. Learning disabilities can range from mild to severe and it is not uncommon for people to have more than one learning disability.
Learning disabilities vary from individual to individual and may present in a variety of ways. Learning disabilities may appear as difficulty: (1) processing information by visual and auditory, means, which may impact upon reading, spelling, writing, and understanding or using language, (2) prioritizing, organizing, doing mathematics, and following instructions, (3) storing or retrieving information from short or long term memory, (4) using spoken language, and (5) clumsiness or difficulty with handwriting.
Cognitive assessment, including psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation, is of critical importance in diagnosing a learning disability. Learning disabilities may be diagnosed by qualified school or educational psychologists, by clinical psychologists, and by clinical neuropsychologists who are trained and experienced in the assessment of learning disabilities.
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