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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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    1. Learning Disabilities Monday, March 10, 2014 By Natalie Boehmer

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. How are Learning Disabilities first Identified? • Looking for delayed developmental milestones • First words • Eye contact • First steps • Reading • Socialization

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Things NOT Proven to Work • Megavitamins • Colored lenses • Special diets • Sugar-free diets • Body stimulation or manipulation

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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