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A learning disability is a severe problem in acquiring or using basic academic skills. These skills are important for reading, math, writing, listening, speaking or thinking. The problem cannot be mostly due to something else, such as attention, motivation, hearing or vision problems.
About 5 of every 100 Arkansas students have been found to have a learning disability. More students have learning disabilities than any of the other types of educational disabilities (such as language disorder, general learning disability, hearing impairment and autism).
Most students with learning disabilities have reading disabilities. Most students with learning disabilities have problems in more than one area. For example, students with reading disabilities often have problems with writing.
Not every learning and developmental problem is necessarily a learning disability. Many children are simply slower in developing certain skills. Because children develop at different speeds and levels, sometimes what seems to be a learning disability is actually a delay in maturation.
Parents and professionals should openly discuss their concerns. Clarification and additional information should be sought from school personnel as well as others who are in regular contact with the child. Steps should be taken to accommodate the student in situations where they learn best. If a student's difficulties do not improve, a comprehensive educational evaluation should be arranged by the student's parents or guardian. Evaluations are meant to help identify areas of relative strength and weakness, and to help determine whether the student is eligible for specialized assistance in school.
The primary characteristic of a learning disability is a severe discrepancy between IQ and achievement. While there are no single indicators of learning disabilities, there are some common warning signs of a learning disability. The following list can be helpful in determining whether a child has a learning disability and may lead to seeking further assessment. Just because a child demonstrates any of the following traits does not mean the child has a learning disability. Unless a child develops several warning signs consistently and the problems persist over time, there probably is no need for concern.
Elementary and middle school age:
High School age:
Other Learning Disability Resources
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
James L. Dennis Developmental Center
The Dennis Developmental Center, located adjacent to the Arkansas Children's campus is an evaluation, referral and treatment clinic that provides quality developmental services for children from birth through school-age.