A learning disability is a neurological disorder that affects one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. The disability may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or to do mathematical calculations.
The term “Learning Disabilities is an “umbrella” term describing a number of other, more specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, language disorder and dysgraphia.
Generally speaking, people with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence. There often appears to be a gap between the individual’s potential and actual achievement. This is why learning disabilities are referred to as “hidden disabilities:” the person looks perfectly “normal” and seems to be a very bright and intelligent person, yet may be unable to demonstrate the skill level expected from someone of a similar age.
A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong challenge. However, with appropriate support and intervention, people with learning disabilities can achieve success in school, at work, in relationships, and in the community.
If you are a parent or teacher of a child with a learning disability – or have learning disabilities yourself - you are not alone. Typical learning difficulties include:
dyslexia (A language and reading disability),
dyscalculia (Problems with arithmetic and math concepts),
dysgraphia(A writing disorder resulting in illegibility) – often complicated by associated disorders such as
The good news is that the Niralof Special Education services (NSES) is here to help.