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What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a disorder in understanding or using spoken or written language. Individuals with learning disabilities have average or even above-average intelligence, but experience problems with:
  • Reading;
  • Writing;
  • Listening;
  • Speaking;
  • Concentration;
  • Doing mathematical calculations.
About 7 to 15 percent of all school-aged children have been diagnosed with a learning disability.
Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that involves difficulty with reading.
The term learning disabled does not apply to children who have learning problems caused by vision or hearing problems, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, or who have environmental, economic or cultural disadvantages.

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