People with learning disabilities and disorders can learn strategies for coping with their disabilities. Getting help earlier increases the likelihood for success in school and later in life. If learning disabilities remain untreated, a child may begin to feel frustrated with schoolwork, which can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and other problems.
Many children have difficulty with reading, writing, or other learning-related tasks at some point, but this does not mean they have learning disabilities. A child with a learning disability often has several related signs, and these persist over time. The signs of learning disabilities vary from person to person. Common signs that a person may have learning disabilities include the following:
Reading disorders occur when a person has trouble with any part of the reading process. Reading and language-based learning disabilities are commonly called dyslexia. These disorders are present from a young age and usually result from specific differences in the way the brain processes language.
Understanding learning differences in children is critical, as successful academic achievement not only predicts eventual occupational success, it is also a strong predictor of a child’s psychological well being. The term ‘learning disorder’ relates to any neurodevelopmental disorder that interferes with academic or social learning processes. Traditionally defined learning disorders include Reading Disorder (Dyslexia), Math Disorder (Dyscalculia), and Writing Disorder (Dysgraphia)
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