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Language-based learning disabilities (LBLDs) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD, impact over 2.4 million students in the United States and represent over 45 percent of all students receiving special education (National Center for Education Statistics 2018). These disabilities are frequently viewed as a continuum of interacting learning challenges (Silver 2016). Indeed, over 44 percent of children identified as having ADHD are also identified as having a learning disability such
Assistive technology, as applied to students with learning disabilities, can be seen as an “equalizer;” it allows students who learn differently to manage certain tasks that they are not able to perform without that specific technology. Assistive technology tools help learning disabled students work around challenges they face in school and at home by targeting the different academic areas they are struggling with.
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:
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