Learning Disabilities

Addressing the different types of learning disabilities

When one thinks of Learning Disabilities, they usually do not think that there are subtypes of this problem. However, LD is a general classification for a diverse array of learning problems. Some students will have problems with writing, some primarily with arithmetic while others primarily have reading or a combination of any of them. These three groups could be subdivided into dyslexiadyscalculia and dysgraphia.

Dyslexia is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. This problem centers in the area of the brain that helps interpret language. This does not interfere with one’s ability to think or understand complex ideas.

Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of learning disabilities in math. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person and there is no single type of math disability. It can affect people differently depending upon their age. This disability can be broken down into visual spatial difficulties and language processing difficulties.

The final group is dysgraphia which is a learning disability that results from the difficulty in expressing thoughts in writing and graphing. This is usually accompanied with extremely poor handwriting. Students with attention deficit disorder often experience great difficulty with writing skills in general and handwriting in particular.

The above problems are easily discovered by a special education trained educator. They can usually diagnose the problem/s and get the student well on their way to meeting their special learning needs, with the use of individual modifications.