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Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are generally defined as having a neurological processing issue. Processing problems can affect many learning skills like reading, writing and math. Also they don't just interfere with learning it can also other things such as organization, time planning, reasoning, attention span, long/short term memory and can affect life beyond academics. One of the biggest things I have learned in my research is that it's important to remember that having a learning disability can have an impact in one area of your school work but you can excel in many other subjects. Unfortunately when you are diagnosed with a learning disability it cant be cured but with help and support from the right people, you can learn to cope and be not only a successful student but employee and significant other. Some specific learning disabilities include auditory processing disorder (APD), Dyscalia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia and ADHD. Auditory processing disorder is a condition that affects how sound your ear is processed or how the brain interprets it. People with APD do not recognize small differences in sounds in words even when it is loud and clear enough to understand. It can also be hard to tell where certain sounds are coming from and to understand the order of sounds and blocking out background noises. Dyscalia is a learning disability that affects the ability to understand numbers and math facts. These individuals also have a poor comprehension of math symbols and can have a hard time organizing numbers and memorizing formulas, another sign of Dyscalia is having a hard time telling time and trouble counting. Dyslexia affects reading and related language based processing skills. It affects fluent, reading comprehension, writing, spelling and sometimes speech. ADHD is a disorder were you have a difficult time staying focused and pay attention, they also have a hard time controlling behavior and hyperactivity. Although ADHD is not a learning disability many researches indicate that from 30-50 percent of children with ADHD also have a learning disability. 

As you can see there are many different types of learning disabilities, it takes a lot of teamwork for someone to achieve success when they have a learning disability. Although it can be difficult and stressful it is possible. With the help of parents, teachers, co-workers and significant others anyone with a learning disability can push through it and become a part of everyday society without any issues. I think that a lot of people look at learning disabilities as a flaw in someones personality but I believe that it adds to someones character, making them the person that they are. Many teachers need to have this same idea, teachers tend to get overly frustrated and just place students in a different classroom so another teacher can deal with them. I do think that it is a good idea to place students with learning disabilities in separate classrooms but I teachers need to become more understanding, students are embarrassed of having a disability and tend to try and hide it because they are ashamed. We need to give these students courage and hope at a young age so that they can be successful in the future.













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