The previous two answers are great but I just wanted to add that sometimes children have vision problems that are not solved by glasses. Sometimes the problem is because they can't change focus from looking at something far away to looking at something close by quickly. They can have this tested by a developmental optometrist and get therapy for it.
My son had trouble copying off the board in first grade and we found out that he needed glasses. Having trouble copying from the board isn't necessarily an indication of a learning disability. It could be that he can't see the board well or has trouble with tracking. I would talk to your child's teacher and see if he or she notices that your child is struggling in any other areas. I would also probably go and get your child's eyes checked.
My son is very bright about most things but he could not copy his spelling lists or if I wrote a sentence on a paper he couldn't copy it. He had a LD that he couldn't get things he saw or thought from the brain to the paper. He received help at school with the LD teacher for 2 years grades 3-5 and the issue has been corrected. If your child tells you he can't copy ask your school to test him and follow their recommendations. If he is begging for your attention, or he can't see, or if their is a real problem they will find it in the lengthy process that you nor your child will even realize is going on at the time. It helped us save our sons self esteem.
If the problem is not limited to the board, but to copying a sentence from a book close up, or a simple picture seen in front of them, it could be Dysgraphia, which is what the answer above describes. It could also be an issue with being able to identify the handwriting of the person writing on the board, or it could be a vision issue. It never hurts to get tested, though it may be more cost effective to get the child's vision checked, and perhaps if the teacher is willing, typed notes from the teacher to see if it makes a difference before pursuing LD testing.
I would not say it benefits them, as children who don't have one but are classified as having one can be held back in their learning. Though if a child does have a learning disability and is classified as so, they can be provided with certain special education resources that will help them better than a normal learning environment would.
In order to receive social security disability payments one has to have contributed to the social security system either by their own income or through the income of a spouse. The disability has to prevent them from working in order to qualify. A child is not expected to be working and therefore would not get disability benefits from simply being learning disabled. Once an adult that child may qualify for supplemental income if the learning disabilities continue to prevent employment.
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