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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

Learning Disabilities

Monday, March 10, 2014


Natalie Boehmer

what is a learning disability
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
what are the types of learning disabilities
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
what causes learning disabilities
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
how are learning disabilities first identified
How are Learning Disabilities first Identified?
  • Looking for delayed developmental milestones
    • First words
    • Eye contact
    • First steps
    • Reading
    • Socialization
can they be outgrown or cured
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
is medication available
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
things not proven to work
Things NOT Proven to Work
  • Megavitamins
  • Colored lenses
  • Special diets
  • Sugar-free diets
  • Body stimulation or manipulation
sources for information and support
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.
sources cont
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.
question and answer
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
  • Mihagirl8@aol.com