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LD Basics

When children have learning problems, their parents are usually the first to notice that something is just not right. Teachers often notice a child having trouble in their class. And when they notice, they want reliable information so they can help their students.

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LD OnLine offers accurate information about learning disabilities and related issues. Click below to learn more about LD and what you can do to help children achieve their full potential.

What Is a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person’s brain is “wired.” Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

Get Help Early

It is very important that you seek help as soon as you realize your child is having difficulty learning.

Parent Tips

Parents are a child’s first and best teachers. Show your child that reading can be fun. 



The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that secures special education services for children with disabilities from the time they are born until they graduate from high school.

After High School

We also recognize that learning disabilities are a lifelong challenge and offer these additional resources for the later stages in life.

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