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What is a Learning Disability?


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 Learning Disability:

  • Appears conscientious and motivated, but not experiencing academic success
  • Takes excessively long to complete homework assignments
  • 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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