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Specific Learning Disabled

The student with a learning disability has near average, or above average intelligence, but may not achieve at that level. Problems with learning are not primarily due to emotional disturbance, physical impairments, environmental disadvantage or lack of previous school experience. The student with a learning disability has the ability to learn, but because of problems such as receiving, organizing, remembering and/or expressing information, he/she may have difficulty in school. Individuals may also have dyslexia, which is difficulty with processing written language. Students with learning disabilities may have SOME of the following characteristics:

• Strong in one area (such as math) and a disability in another area (such as spelling and/or reading)
• Good listening skills, but unable to read the subject material
• Difficulty remembering multiple-step directions and carrying out an assignment
• Ability to read on grade level and have good verbal reasoning skills, but unable to do the required written work
• Strong in mechanical fields, art, music, or sports, but with weaknesses in academic areas

Resources from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Learning Disability Association, an educational site intended to help parents work with their children who have learning disabilities.