LD 101

What is a Learning Disability?

“Learning Disabilities” refers to a variety of disorders that affect the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization or use of verbal and/or non-verbal information. These disorders result from impairments in one or more psychological processes related to learning, in combination with otherwise average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning. Learning disabilities are specific, not global impairments and as such are distinct from intellectual disabilities.

Learning disabilities range in severity and invariably interfere with the acquisition and use of one or more of the following important skills:

  • oral language (e.g., listening, speaking, understanding)
  • reading (e.g., decoding, comprehension)
  • written language (e.g., spelling, written expression)
  • mathematics (e.g., computation, problem solving)

Learning disabilities may also cause difficulties with organizational skills, social perception and social interaction. Learning disabilities are due to genetic, other congenital and/or acquired neuro-biological factors. They are not caused by factors such as cultural or language differences, inadequate or inappropriate instruction, socio-economic status or lack of motivation, although any one of these and other factors may compound the impact of learning disabilities. Frequently learning disabilities co-exist with other conditions, including attentional, behavioural and emotional disorders, sensory impairments or other medical conditions.

It is important to emphasize that individuals with LD have average to above average intelligence and therefore, are very capable of learning. Information can be processed, but may require additional time and different methods as compared to individuals without LD. The educational process, learning strategies, accommodations, assistive technology and remedial intervention can significantly impact the learning process. Therefore, effective and efficient learning and teaching methods that are based on the student’s strengths are needed to specifically meet the needs of individuals with LD.

For further information about definitions go to http://www.ldao.ca/introduction-to-ldsadhd/introduction-to-ldsadhd/what-are-lds/official-definition-of-lds/


See our Powerpoint presentation of The Faces of Learning Disabilities.

 

The confusion between Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities. Find out the facts and differences in the file below.

Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

 

About LDAS

The Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all individuals with Learning Disabilities in reaching their potential, within a community that values their unique contributions and abilities.

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May 30, 2017

Our last Parent Workshop will be June 15th at 6:30pm! Check out the details below! June Parent Workshop Flyer – Sudbury


April 28, 2017

A reminder to all students with a learning disability that today is the last day to send in your application for the 2017 NOCLD scholarship! The Northern Ontario Centre for Learning Differences and the Northern Credit Union offer two $500.00 scholarship awards to students in Northeastern Ontario with a documented learning disability. These students must Find out more!


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