Learning Disabilities

Not all humans are born with the same learning capabilities. Here you may ask and answer questions about certain types of learning impairments: ways to circumvent them, identification, and their causes.

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Learning Disabilities

Is anger issues a learning disability?

History of the United States
Learning Disabilities

What are the core values of the Americans With Disabilities Act?



Eating Disorders
Learning Disabilities

What types of eating disorder's is theire. including Galactocemia. which Galactocemia is an eating disorder?

can cg have: enjoy life food's, or: oatmilk. oatmeal. or: goodness oatmilk nesquik soy/oatmilk's?

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What happens when you get dyslexia?

you read everything backwards or upside down

you also have difficulty spelling

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

How does dyspraxia effect learning in a classroom?

it depends on the person and the subject. For instance in maths the child may have difficulty holding onto concept you are trying to teach them. Following a long list of verbal instructions may be difficult, they might forget half the things the teacher tells them. The best thing to do is to write quick to the points and in clear writing.

Writing may be poor, illegible, and slow. Allow the student extra time for writing. In Ireland (where I live) concessions are made for students with learning disabilities, one of them is to assign extra time, readers, tapes, and "scribes" for important exams, though these have to be applied for and are difficult to get. As a dyspraxic myself I know how helpful this is.

Sports or physical play, catching a ball, kicking, riding on a bicycle, running, skipping, swimming, and other sports can be difficult for a child with dyspraxia. If sports are tested in the school special concessions should be made for a student with dyspraxia. Imaginative play can also be limited.

A child with dyspraxia may may also have problems with their voice and pronouncing words correctly.

Spelling can be difficult, especially if the student's dyspraxia is mixed with dyslexic conditions.

Because they have motor difficulties a child with dyspraxia may find it difficult to hold a pencil, pen, paint brush, or crayons, or scissors, this can pose difficulties where the child is asked to write or do art. These problems will not simply "go away" they must be given special attention to achieve results over time. If they are not worked on even as a high school student they may have difficulty writing at a reasonable pace. ( I know I have to write quite slowly and very carefully in order to make my hand writing legible.)

The child may be overactive, swinging their legs, hand clapping when excited, raising their hand too early, asking lots of questions, bumping into people by accident ( I often find that my balance lapses for no apparent reason and this is when I bump into people), they may ask lots of questions repetitively and be inconsistent in the work.

There are many problems with perception, language, fine and gross motor skills and from the ones I have mentioned you might be able to draw your own conclusions of how dyspraxia can pose difficulties in the classroom and learning.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What is dyslexia?

The word. dyslexia, is of Greek origin and is made up of two parts: dys, meaning bad or abnormal and lex, meaning words.

Dyslexia is a type of language processing disability often manifested as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling. Evidence suggests that it is a result of a difference in how the brain processes written and/or verbal language. It is separate and distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as deficiencies in intelligence, non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or from poor or inadequate reading instruction.

Dyslexia is most commonly characterized by difficulties with learning how to decode at the word level, to spell, and to read accurately and fluently. Dyslexic individuals often have difficulty "breaking the code" of sound-letter association (the alphabetic principle), and they may also reverse or transpose letters when writing or confuse letters such as b, d, p, q, especially in childhood. However, dyslexia is not a visual problem that involves reading letters or words backwards or upside down, nor are such reversals a defining characteristic of dyslexia.

Dyslexia is linked to the left hemisphere of the brain and is caused by inefficiencies in language processing areas. It may be a genetic disorder.

Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
Learning Disabilities

What are some slang words for people with a learning disability?

This answer would be derogatory, so we won't put any insult words down. You should call them people.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Is slow reading combined with dyslexia or not?

Not necessarily. Could be part of dyslexia, but it could also be something else. Dyslexia is when a person reverses letters when they write or read them. Reading slow could be a laterality problem, a need for glasses, or any of a dozen of reasons. I wouldn't jump to conclusions but investigate and find out why.

Parenting and Children
Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities

What kind of a learning disability might a child have if they are unable to copy off the board?

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.

Aspergers Syndrome
Learning Disabilities
Speech Disorders and Impediments

What is the life expectancy of someone with aspergers syndrome?

Aspergers syndrome is a disorder having to do with a person's ability to interact socially. Because it is a social disorder, the general health of a person with this syndrome would not be affected. The life expectancy is the same as that of any other person.

The movie "Rain Man" is about a man with Aspergers (or somewhere on the Autism Spectrum). It may give you a better idea of what it is.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What doctor is needed to diagnosis dyslexia?

I think he does't need to be a doctor...

A psychologist or maybe a logotherapist (not sure if the word is correct cause I'm Greek and this is a greek word used internationally)

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What is auditory dyslexia?

what is auditory dyslexia.

Many kinds of dyslexia, auditory dyslexics have problems hearing the differences between the sounds of letters or words. Some letter make almost the same sound, some groups call them bothers, but the voice is turned off or on. An example is T and D. The person with auditory dyslexia can not hear the difference between the two.. Some teach putting the hand on the month and feeling the letter to help overcome auditory dyslexia. an example of words would be, where and were. The person has a problem hearing the differences between the words.

I hope that helps, I'm also dyslexic.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities

How can you know you have ADD and not a learning disability?

ADD presents a way to learn differently. Many people with ADD have above-average intelligence.

A patient may have ACT scores like Composite: 26, Scientific Reasoning: 28, get an 'A' in Chemistry Lab, but get an 'F' in Chemistry Lecture.

ADD evaluation is made from observations. Only a psychologist or psychiatrist generally has the training to put the ADD label on a person.

Your family doctor can make preliminary diagnosis, and help you try treatments, yet allow you to avoid stigma associated with societal stereotypes that many associate with people that seek a mental health professional.

You should ask your family doctor to refer you to a mental-health professional, if your results with your family physician do not fully help.

Be aware that antidepressents and central-nervous-system stimulants are not a complete treatment. CNS stimulants merely extend the amount of time you can focus, as when studying a boring subject.

The individual must still choose the task, open the book, and put effort into learning. No pill will do that for you.

Antidepressents can help supplement the brain to allow you more freedom to choose, but decreasing feelings of apathy and despair.

As an alternative, nutritional supplementation with chelated magnesium can also boost production of brain chemicals which decrease depression. Also, the herb, Damiana (Nature's Sunshine) works as a mild antidepressent. It does not work for bi-polar, or manic/depression.

But it can help someone go from staring at walls, to getting up and thinking that life is okay.

Young children learn well using visuals and manipulatives. That is, through pictures and things they can touch. Abstract thought is beyond their grasp.

An ADD person also learns best, visually, and with stuff they can touch. On-the-job training is much preferred over reading books on difficult subjects.

They can learn purely mentally, but must exert much more effort to concentrate, than do their peers. A college degree is well within their ability.


People with ADD/ADHD often have an accompanying disability (or disabilities) such as dyslexia, depression, and LD unspecified.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Fragile X Syndrome

What are the aftermath of people with fragile x syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome can present itself in a myriad ofways. It is the most common-know cause of autism, but has also been known to cause many other mental and physical issues. A man with this syndrome may have a longer face, protruding ears, flat feet, larger testes, and low muscle tone. They may have problesm with social interaction, and as they grow older, increasing difficulty with learned tasks. They may also have trouble with math, anxiety, attention, and exectutive functions.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What tests are used to determine whether someone suffers from dyslexia or ADD?

For ADD, you can begin with an online. There is no biopsy or blood test. Neither is there an EKG or X-ray.

ADD is not a disease. It is simply a way of brain wiring, just as there are different amounts of melanin in peoples' skin, resulting in differing shades.

ADD tends to help people multi-task, at the sacrifice of attention-to-detail. Attention span for boring subjects is also shortened.

Medicines only address the depression that adults acquire from coping with the difference, and help extend the amount of time they can focus, AFTER the person uses self-discipline to begin the boring task or study.

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Classic Television
Actors & Actresses
Learning Disabilities

Does Henry Winkler Have Learning Disability?


Conditions and Diseases
Football - American
Learning Disabilities

What are Mike Lorenz's learning disabilities?

Mike Lorenz suffers from dyslexia. Click on the 'Mike Lorenz Interview' link on this page to read an interview from the Patriots Insiders where Lorenz talks about his dyslexia and the difficulties is causes.

Conditions and Diseases
Educational Methods and Theories
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Do people with developmental disabilities have a learning capacity?

Of course. They must be taught more slowly and perhaps with different methods, but they CAN learn. I once worked with developmentally disabled adults in a classroom setting and they each had the capacity to learn, different things and at different levels.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Secondary Education

How do you get a private school educational grant for a learning disabled child?

A lot of grants depend on the state in which you live.

I found a few general links, however.

Grant opportunities for kids K - 12


Private school scholarships:


Grants for individuals (the disabled) - This is for Michigan but take a look. It will at least give you an idea of the types of grants out there at least for one state.


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Learning Disabilities

What is an uncommon disability?

An uncommon disability is a disablement that is not as frequently occurring within any given group of individuals.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Do people with dyslexia lie all the time?

Well, maybe, but if they do it has nothing to do with the dyslexia. Dyslexia is an issue with reading letters (and other symbols.) Most frequently this is thought of as a problem with the difference between b,d,p and q. It is more complex than that and can cause issues with both reading and writing, it is especially hard on reading comprehension. But, although people with dyslexia may have trouble reading and understanding what they have read, it doesn't cause any problems with telling the truth. ;)

Children and the Law
Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities

What rights does a parent have for a child that was not diagnosed with a learning disability in their school though the parents kept asking for 3 years and has since been privatly diagnosed?

Did the school outright deny testing your child when you requested it? If so, you should have received a record of their reason in writing.

Schools usually perform LD tests when parents make a request. If the school did test and did not find a discrepancy between IQ and performance, you also should have received the results in writing from these.

If your student was found ineligible, you could have challenged that finding. It seems as if you are beyond that step already.

It will depend on whether the school followed protocols. But you may want to look at NICHCY for further information.

Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Disability Issues

Do you declare your learning disability?

i think it depends in what situation. if you are at an educational setting then i think you should as the laws state that anyone with learning difficulties / disabiltites is obliged to provide appropriate resources and support to help your learning more effective. so, if they are made aware then they do have a responsibility to support your needs.

Learning Disabilities

Is Patricia Bath living?

no she died in 2019 may 30th.
Conditions and Diseases
Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a brain-based condition that makes it hard to plan and coordinate physical movement. Children with this condition tend to struggle with balance and posture. It is broken down into categories:

  • Ideomotor Dyspraxia
  • Ideational Dyspraxia
  • Oromotor Dyspraxia
  • Constructional Dyspraxia

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