These are disabilities that affect how the brain functions which consequently affect a person’s learning capabilities. Learning disabilities is an umbrella term and refers to a group of specific disabilities which affect the ability of the brain to receive, process, store, respond to and communicate information. Learning disabilities affects people differently and can occur at different stages in an individual’s life. It can affect a person’s ability in acquiring core learning process such as reading, writing, listening, spelling, mathematics or others more.
It is important to differentiate learning disabilities with intellectual disabilities such as mental retardation. Learning disabilities is not a problem of intelligence, patients often have normal or above normal intelligence but they find it difficult to perform certain task at home, school or even in the workforce. Thus, this does not mean they are “dumb”, in fact patients with learning disabilities can and do succeed.
Learning disabilities are lifelong however the challenges it presents can be overcome, especially when diagnosed early as it allows for early steps to manage these.
Types of Learning Disabilities
- Auditory processing disorder
- Visual processing disorder
Learning disabilities are also associated with other disorders such as Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome.
This website aims to provide up to date and helpful information for the kids and their carers to improve their overall experiences with learning.