What is a Learning Disability?
A learning disability affects the way children of average to above average intelligence receive, process, or express information and lasts throughout life. It impacts the ability to learn the basic skills of reading, writing, or math.
What a Learning Disability is NOT:
• Attention disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Learning disabilities often occur at the same time, but they’re not the same.
• Learning disabilities are not the same as mental retardation, autism, hearing or visual
impairment, physical disabilities, emotional disorders, or the normal process of learning a second language.
• Learning disabilities aren’t caused by lack of educational opportunities, such as frequent changes of schools, poor school attendance, or lack of instruction in basic skills.
Warnings – Areas of Concern:
• Speaks later than most kids
• Is unable to find the right word when carrying on a conversation
• Can’t rapidly name words in a specific category
• Has difficulty rhyming
• Has trouble learning the alphabet, days of the week, colors, shapes, numbers
• Is extremely restless and easily distracted
• Can’t follow directions or routines
• Is slow to learn the connections between letters and sounds
• Can’t blend sounds to make words
• Makes consistent reading and spelling errors
• Has problems remembering sequences and telling time
• Is slow to learn new skills
• Has difficulty planning
• Is slow to learn prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other reading strategies
• Avoids reading aloud
• Has difficulty with word problems in math
• Spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing
• Avoids reading and writing tasks
• Has difficulty remembering or understanding what was read
• Works slowly
• Has difficulty understanding and/or generalizing concepts
• Misreads directions and information
Recommendations for speech, language or social services will be written here at RHLS.
Recommendations may include a request for additional testing from your local school district or specialist.
• Important: If you child has already been assessed by a speech language pathologist (SLP) or school district, please provide me with a copy of the assessment. I will do an initial assessment but will work off the goals that the SLP created.
• The more information on your child’s background and testing you can provide will help us provide the best services for your child.