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Learning disabilities affect about 15 percent of the population, and can have a profound impact on individuals and families. People with learning disabilities are just as smart (and sometimes smarter) than their peers, but have difficulty learning in conventional school settings. Understand more about learning disabilities, discover how to overcome obstacles, and learn how to uncover hidden aptitudes and gifts.

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"Learning Disabilities" Movement Turns 50

Fifty years ago, the learning disabilities (LD) advocacy movement began. This article by Landmark College education professor Dr. Jim Baucom explores the history of the movement and future directions. The article originally appeared on the Washington Post web site on April 12th, 2013.

A Learning Disability Is Only One Part of a Child

ABCs of ADHD

The behaviors of a child with ADHD can be hard to understand sometimes — especially if a child is seen only once or twice a week in a group after-school activity. Do you recognize Billy? His behaviors are often seen in children with ADHD.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

Children with auditory processing disorder (APD) often do not recognized the subtle differences between sounds in words because a dysfunction makes it difficult for the brain to interpret the information. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders presents basic information on symptoms, diagnosis, and current research of APD.

Characteristics of Young Learning Disabled Students

Defining the Self as a Learner for Children with LD

Dyslexia and the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association, includes codes for all mental health disorders currently recognized. Small changes in the DSM can have a major impact on how conditions are understood and treated. Revisions to the 5th edition, to be released in May, 2013, include changes to the name and types of learning disabilities that are identified within the document. Between now and June 15, 2012, the DSM-5 Development team welcomes comments and questions on these changes.

Dyspraxia

Learn about dyspraxia, a term that refers to a disorder in motor skill development. Dyspraxia affects both fine motor skills — such as writing — and gross motor skills— such as throwing a ball.

How Do You Know If Your Child Might Have a Learning Disability?

If you think your child might have a learning disability, this article will help. Dr. Larry Silver tells parents the clues to look for in pre-school and elementary school children. Then the article talks about how to get a "psychoeducational evaluation" to find out for sure.

Language-Based Learning Disability: What to Know

Language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) encompass a spectrum of cognitive and behavioral differences in processing, comprehending, and using language. Students with LBLD commonly experience difficulties with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, math, organization, attention, memory, social skills, perseverance, and self-regulation. However, a teaching style that is specialized and structured enables students with LBLD to succeed. Learn the essential facts about how to foster the strengths of students with LBLD in this article.

Learners and Apple Pie

Key ingredients in the recipe for the apple pie that students need to be successful learners are: (1) focused attention; (2) an organized mental framework; (3) strong language skills; (4) general knowledge and information; (5) time to learn; (6) basic word and number skills; and (7) emotional confidence and calm. This article shows you how to bake until well done, then enjoy the sweet taste of success!

Learning Disabilities in Mathematics

Mathematics learning disabilities do not often occur with clarity and simplicity. Rather, they can be combinations of difficulties which may include language processing problems, visual spatial confusion, memory and sequence difficulties, and/or unusually high anxiety.

Learning Disabilities: An Overview

Learning disabilities (LD) come in several forms. Learn more about them, how they're identified, and what types of instruction support students with LD.

Loneliness, Self-Efficacy, and Hope: Often Neglected Dimensions of the LD Learning Process

Students with learning disabilities often feel lonely and socially isolated in school. Learn more about how families can help their children build resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships.

Math Learning Disabilities

Mathematical Disabilities: What We Know and Don't Know

Over the past several decades important advances have been made in the understanding of the genetic, neural, and cognitive deficits that underlie reading disability (RD), and in the ability to identify and remediate this form of learning disability (LD).

Motivation: The Key to Academic Success

Motivation is key to school success. Just as the actor asks a director, "What is my motivation, for this scene?," the child turns to teachers, parents, and peers to discover the "why" of learning. Motivation is often defined as a need or drive that energizes behavior toward a goal.

Multiple Intelligences and Underachievement: Lessons From Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Lessons from individuals with LD researchers and educators Dixon Hearn and Suki Stone provide an overview of research on the abilities of students labeled LD. They recommend instructional approaches that build upon the multiple intelligences of students within a constructivist framework.

Preventing Parent Burn Out: Model for Teaching Effective Coping Strategies

Q&A: I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean?

Shelley Ball-Dannenberg discusses her new children's book about what it’s like to have a reading disability.

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