Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What Is a Learning Disability? Is That Dyslexia?

Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) defines a specific learning disability as…

“…a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia”

Dyslexia is one type of learning disability


*Is a neurological disorder
*Affects visual and/or auditory processing
*Usually affects reading, writing, and spelling.
*Words and letters can trade places, disappear, overlap, stretch, shrink, and generally move around.
*Students may have trouble with word recognition and/or reading comprehension.


circle is attached to a stick = b d p q g
m n u h w y
l 1
j t r
5 2
d 2
S 8
9 6
7 1

Dyslexia is a disability with reading, spelling, and language skills.
Dyscalculia is a disability with math and calculations.
Dysgraphia is a disability that makes the physical act of writing difficult, but Dysgraphia can also be impacted by Dyslexia.

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