A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with a person’s ability to store, process or produce information. Learning disabilities can affect one’s ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect a person’s attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity. Learning disabilities often run in families.
Common learning disabilities include:
- Dyslexia – a language-based disability in which a person has trouble with specific language skills, particularly reading.
- Dyscalculia – a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
- Dysgraphia – a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters, write within a defined space and express ideas.
Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, deafness, blindness and behavioral disorders. None of these conditions are learning disabilities. Attention disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities often occur at the same time, but the two disorders are not the same.
Because learning disabilities cannot be seen, they often go undetected. Recognizing a learning disability is even more difficult because the severity and characteristics vary. Some students with learning disabilities find themselves classified as a behavior problem or as an unmotivated or disinterested student. They may be the student who works hard yet finds it difficult to meet rigor of some classes. They may have behaviors that are manifested as troubled but the root of the issue is their struggle to learn. They may not be cognitively aware of the specific disability but realize that they are different. A learning disability can’t be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue. With the right support and intervention, however, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and in life.
Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.
At Logan River Academy we are aware of the struggles that students with learning disabilities face on a daily basis. We have trained professionals that recognize the needs of students who struggle with this condition in its varying forms. We have an intimate educational setting that provides the support and skill training that these students need to be successful. Our faculty provides the instruction and support that allows students the opportunity to gain skills and learn what they need to know to be successful in a learning environment. Our goal is to have our students come to a realization of who they are as a learner and to develop the tools that will help them in whatever situation they find themselves in while at our school and more importantly after they return home.