Neurological in origin, learning disabilities impede a person's ability to store, process and/or produce information.

Learning disabilities can affect one's ability to read, write, speak, or compute math, and can impair socialization skills.

Individuals with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence, but the disability creates a gap between ability and performance.

Without early and adequate identification and intervention, learning disabilities can lead to serious consequences for individuals and society - including loss of self esteem, school drop-out, juvenile delinquency, illiteracy, and other critical problems.
Learning disabilities typically affect five areas:
  • Spoken Language: delays, disorders, and deviations in listening and speaking
  • Written language: difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling
  • Math: difficulty in performing arithmetic operations or in understanding basic concept
  • Reasoning: difficulty in organizing and integrating thoughts
  • Memory: difficulty in remembering information and instructions
Does your child show signs of a learning disability? 
The first thing parents should do if they suspect a learning disability is meet with the child's teacher and school counselor. They can share information about how the student is grasping content and interacting with peers. They will relay the child's strengths and weaknesses. 
Parents can ask the school to conduct an evaluation for learning disabilities by submitting a written letter of request, typically addressed to the guidance counselor. A comprehensive evaluation will reveal a significant difference between his or her ability and what is actually achieved. Then a determination can be made whether the child qualifies for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. If this is the case an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be developed to help the child recieve appropriate services through school.