Learning Disabilities. Deborah Carlberg Cassie Doyle Kristi Petzke Darci Waltrip. What is a learning disability?. Having trouble: Processing information Organizing information Applying information. Dyslexia A language and reading disability
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DyscalculiaProblems with arithmetic and math concepts
DysgraphiaA writing disorder resulting in illegibility
Dyspraxia (Sensory Integration Disorder)Problems with motor coordination
Central Auditory Processing DisorderDifficulty processing and remembering language-related tasks
Non-Verbal Learning DisordersTrouble with nonverbal cues, e.g., body language; poor coordination, clumsy
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor DeficitReverses letters; cannot copy accurately;
Language Disorders (Aphasia/Dysphasia)Trouble understanding spoken language; poor reading comprehensionTypes of Learning Disabilities
How will I know if my student has a LD?
Teachers may find the following helpful:
The teacher may wish to:
For students with ADHD, teachers should:
emotional problems/depression, and/or low
self-esteem. This may cause students to withdraw
from social interaction.
from feelings of low self-worth.
drop out of High School (Girod, 2001, p. 31).
and to attempt suicide than other young people their age” (Landau, 2004, pp. 48-9).
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The Gardner School online site. www.gardnerschool.org
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Learning Disabilities Association of America www.ldanatl.org
The International Dyslexia Society, www.interdys.org