Learning Disability Resources

Learning Disability Resources

We designed these learning disability resources to help parents and educators gain a better understanding of common neurological differences. With the right information and support, we believe that parents and educators can help every child reach his or her highest potential.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect a person’s ability to sit still, pay attention, and focus on details. These symptoms can create issues at school and at home.

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory processing disorder (APD) affects the way the brain processes or interprets sound. Individuals with APD may have trouble making sense of sounds, recognizing subtle differences in sounds, or blocking out background noises.

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What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a term for specific learning disabilities related to math. Students may have trouble understanding the real-world meaning of numbers, forget basic math facts, or struggle with simple problem-solving skills.

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What is Dysgraphia?

More commonly known as “written expression learning disorder,” dysgraphia is a learning disability that involves difficulty with written expression. Dysgraphia can cause issues with spelling, handwriting, and translating thoughts to paper.

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What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a neurologically based, often familial disorder that interferes with the processing of language. Dyslexia varies in degrees of severity, and is characterized by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes arithmetic.

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Explaining Learning Disabilities to Your Child

Explaining a learning disability diagnosis to your child isn’t easy, but it's important to take this opportunity to create an open and honest dialogue. While every student is different, there are steps you can take to make this conversation more comfortable and helpful for both parent and child.

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What is a Language Disorder?

A language disorder can cause issues with the comprehension and/or use of spoken, written, and other forms of language. Students with a language disorder may struggle with the form, content, or function of language.

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What is Nonverbal Learning Disorder?

Nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) is a learning disability that causes difficulty with motor, visual-spatial, and social skills. Children with NVLD are often well-spoken and can write well, but struggle with subtle social cues and comprehension of abstract concepts.

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Self-Advocacy & Learning Disabilities

Self-advocacy gives students with learning disabilities the confidence to ask for the tools they need to be successful in the real world. The strategy not only benefits children at school, but in explaining their learning disability to friends and family members.

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) affects the way a person responds to information that comes in through the senses. A person with SPD can be oversensitive or unresponsive to sound, touch, taste, sight, and/or smell.

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What is Social Communication Disorder?

Social communication disorder (SCD) creates difficulty with the use of language and communication skills. Students with SCD may have trouble following social communication norms, using verbal and nonverbal signals, or altering language for different situations and audiences.

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What is a Specific Learning Disability?

A specific learning disability is a disorder that interferes with a student’s ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. Students with a specific learning disability may struggle with reading, writing, or math.

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What is Visual Processing Disorder?

Visual processing disorder can cause issues with the way the brain processes visual information. There are many different types of processing difficulties and many different symptoms, which can include trouble drawing or copying, inability to detect differences in shapes or letters, and letter reversals.

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More information on dyslexia

For more information about dyslexia, please contact one of our Wilson® Partner Trainers at wilson@churchillstl.org.

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