Disability Resource Center
More Alike Than Different
Learning Disability is defined as a persistent condition of
presumed neurological dysfunction which may exist with other disabling
conditions. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in
standard classroom situations. To be categorized as learning disabled,
a student must exhibit:
- average to above-average intellectual ability;
- severe processing deficit(s);
- severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies); and
- measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting.
Indicators of a Possible
- Appears conscientious and motivated,
but not experiencing academic success
- Takes excessively long to complete
- Can't complete tests or in-class assignments
within the allotted time
- Experiences extreme difficulty taking
notes and listening to a lecture simultaneously
- Has difficulty copying from the chalkboard;
has problems lining up and copying math problems
- Reads slowly with little comprehension;
may experience sensation of letters becoming scrambled; eyes
wandering off the line of print; inadvertent skipping of lines
- Has more success with oral testing
and assignments than the written; prefers project type assignments
- Oral language confusion, mispronounces
words ('miminum' for 'minimum') and misuses words (the car is
a melon rather than a lemon).
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