What does it really mean when someone has a learning disability?

A person with a learning disability has difficulty taking in, remembering, or expressing information. It’s not a reflection of their intelligence or attitude. If your child has a learning disability, she or he has trouble with at least one of these areas:

  • Understanding what she reads
  • Understanding basic mathematical concepts (like adding or multiplying)
  • Listening
  • Retaining information
  • Expressing thoughts and ideas in writing
  • Expressing thoughts and ideas verbally
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