Learning Disabilities

Monday, December 23, 2013

Learning disabilities affect the brains ability to receive, process, analyze or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a student to learn as quickly as students not affected by a learning disability. Dr. Edward Hill discusses learning disabilities in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Learning disability is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are:

Reading,

Writing,

Listening,

Speaking,

Reasoning, and

Doing math.

Researchers think that learning disabilities are caused by differences in how a persons brain works and how it processes information. Children with learning disabilities are not dumb or lazy. In fact, they usually have average or above average intelligence. Their brains just process information differently.

There is help for students with learning disabilities. The Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that guides how schools provide special education and related services to children with disabilities.

There is no cure for learning disabilities. They are life-long. However, children with learning disabilities can be taught ways to get around the learning disability and be high achievers. With the right help, children with learning disabilities can and do learn successfully.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.