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By better understanding your child's learning disabilities, you can help him or her succeed in school and in life.

Learning disabilities affect how a child understands, processes, and responds to new information. Not only do they interfere with school and learning, but they can also contribute to emotional problems. However, having a learning disability doesn't mean that your child can't do well in life.

In order to help your child, it's important to understand the signs and symptoms of a learning disability, identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, and promote self-confidence.

 
 

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What are learning disabilities?

Learning disabilities and learning disorders are umbrella terms for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb, their brains are simply wired differently. This difference affects how they receive and process information. Simply put, children and adults with learning disabilities see, hear, and understand things differently. This can lead to trouble with learning new information and skills, and putting them to use.

The most common types of learning disabilities involve problems with reading, writing, math, reasoning, listening, and speaking.

 
 

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Learning Disabilites and Disorders: Does your child struggle with school? By understanding all you can about learning disabilities, you can ensure your child gets the right help to overcome classroom challenges and succeed in life.  MORE »

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ADD / ADHD in Children: A Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are signs of attention deficit disorder, which can affect your child’s ability to learn. The first step to addressing the problem is to recognize the signs and symptoms. MORE »

 
 

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