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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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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.

Who Can Diagnose LD and/or ADHD

Many professionals are involved in the diagnosis of LD: psychologists, educational specialists, and other professionals who work in specialized fields such as speech and language. This article identifies licensure requirements and who can diagnose LD and/or ADHD.

What is ADHD? Is It a Type of LD?

Many parents and educational professionals confuse ADHD and LD. Is ADHD a form of LD? No. Each is distinctive neurologically-based disorder. Each is recognized and diagnosed differently. Each is treated in a different way. The treatment for ADHD will not correct an LD. The treatment for LD will not help ADHD. Of importance is that about 30 to 40% of individuals with LD will also have ADHD. Thus, if you find one problem it is important to look for the other.

What Are Learning Disabilities?

As parents you are familiar with the term learning disability. Yet, it seems that there are so many types, and each educator or other professional you work with uses different terms or ways to describe your son or daughter. The following outline might be helpful in putting these terms and concepts in perspective.

Thinking with Language, Images, and Strategies

The Abilities of Those with Reading Disabilities: Focusing on the Talents of People with Dyslexia

Thomas West builds a case for the scientific study of gifts and talents thought to be associated with dyslexia. Such research would supplement the current research on correcting deficits, by discovering ways to maximize talents to overcome these deficits.

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.

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).

The Positive Side of Learning Differences: A Variety of Ways of Thinking and Learning

For the past ten years I have been working with college students who have ADHD, dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. While the learning and thinking differences of my students often provide them with challenges and cause frustration, I have also come to appreciate the many positive facets of these differences.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has a Learning Disability

If you think your child might have a learning disability, this article can help. With early intervention, children with learning disabilities can learn strategies to achieve as well as other children do. Organizing information about your child will help you to monitor progress. This information will be valuable in planning for your child.

The Politics of Learning Disabilities

Characteristics of Young Learning Disabled Students

Math Learning Disabilities

Why Children Succeed or Fail at Reading

About 10 million children have difficulties learning to read. Children with reading difficulties stop and start frequently, mispronouncing some words and skipping others entirely. In the later grades, when children switch from learning to read to reading to learn, reading-impaired children are kept from exploring science, history, literature, mathematics and the wealth of information that is presented in print.

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!

Why Johnny Can't Decode

A Learning Disability Is Only One Part of a Child

Defining the Self as a Learner for Children with LD

Preventing Parent Burn Out: Model for Teaching Effective Coping Strategies

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.

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