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Learning Disabilities

What is a learning disability?

Learning disabilities are often debated by psychologists and special education professionals. There seems to be agreement on the following:

Students with learning disabilities have at least average intelligence. These individuals have the ability to meet the daily demands of school and earn average grades.

These students are not achieving to expected levels in a given subject area (i.e., reading, writing, and/or mathematics). Dyslexia is perhaps the most commonly known learning disability which significantly impacts a student's performance on tasks that require reading, writing, oral expression (expressive language), and the understanding of language (receptive language).

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