Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention. It is important to realize that learning disabilities can affect an individual’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships with family, friends and in the workplace. Moreover, learning disabilities should not be confused with learning problems which are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps; of mental retardation; of emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural or economic disadvantages.
It should be noted that a learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong challenge. However, with appropriate support and intervention, people with learning disabilities can achieve success in school, at work, in relationships, and in the community.
Prepared by Gözde SIZAN
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE TOPIC
- Listening: What are learning disabilities and how to cope with them?
- Prezi: Learning Disabilities by Alyssa Tharp
- A short film on Learning Disabilities – Progressive Education Schools (9 mins)
- Learning Disabilities and Their Symptoms
- How to cope with learning disabilities
- Listening: Learning Development and Difficulties by LearnFast Education (8 videos)