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Learning Disabilities. Monday, March 10, 2014 By Natalie Boehmer. What is a Learning Disability?. A learning disability is not visible and usually does not leave signs to offer support

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Learning Disabilities

Monday, March 10, 2014


Natalie Boehmer

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What is a Learning Disability?

  • A learning disability is not visible and usually does not leave signs to offer support

  • LD which is the common name for it is something that affects a person’s ability to interpret what they see or hear

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What are the types of Learning Disabilities?

  • They can be divided into three main categories

    • Developmental speech and language disorders

    • Academic skills disorders

    • "Other," a catch-all that includes certain coordination disorders and learning handicaps not covered by the other terms

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What causes Learning Disabilities?

  • Errors in fetal brain development

  • Genetic factors

  • Problems during pregnancy or devlivery

  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and other drug use

  • Toxins in the child’s environment

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How are Learning Disabilities first Identified?

  • Looking for delayed developmental milestones

    • First words

    • Eye contact

    • First steps

    • Reading

    • Socialization

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Can they be outgrown or cured?

  • Most do not outgrow their learning disability but learn to adapt to it

  • Since most disabilities are a learning delay children are able to catch up given time

  • With proper help and encouragement for the child there is hope

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Is Medication Available?

  • For many years children have benefited from the medication used on their learning disability

  • Ritalin or Dexedrine are common medications used

  • They are affective for 3 to 4 hours and then move out of the body within 12 hours

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Things NOT Proven to Work

  • Megavitamins

  • Colored lenses

  • Special diets

  • Sugar-free diets

  • Body stimulation or manipulation

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Sources for Information and Support

  • Fisher, G., and Cummings, R. The Survival Guide for Kids with LD.

  • Greene, L. Learning Disabilities and Your Child: A Survival Handbook. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1987.

  • Silver, L. The Misunderstood Child: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities: 2d ed. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1992.

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Sources cont…

  • Weiss, E. Mothers Talk About Learning Disabilities. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1989.

  • Levine, M. Keeping A Head in School: A Student's Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders. Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Services, Inc., 1990.

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Question and Answer?

  • If there is anything else that you have a question on or are concerned about please feel free to talk to me or email me anytime!

  • I hope this was helpful

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