A Learning disability, (sometimes called a learning disorder or learning difficulty), is a classification encompassing several disorders in which a person has difficulty learning in a typical manner, usually caused by an unknown factor or factors. These unknown factors affect the brain’s ability to receive and process information thus making it problematic for a person to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by a learning disability. People with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills or completing tasks if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.
Technically, some insist a learning disability cannot be cured or fixed. However, with appropriate cognitive/academic interventions they can be overcome. Individuals with learning disabilities can face unique challenges that are often pervasive throughout their lifespan. Depending on the type and severity of the disability, interventions may be used to help the individual learn strategies that will foster future success. Some interventions can be quite simplistic, while others are intricate and complex. It is recommended that teachers and parents are part of the intervention as they are instrumental in providing needed support to help individuals successfully complete assigned tasks. School psychologists quite often help to design the interventions, and coordinate the execution of the interventions with teachers and parents. Social support can be a crucial component for students with learning disabilities in the school system, and should not be overlooked in planning these interventions.
With the right support and intervention, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to achieve great success in LIFE; that is, Living Independently Functioning Effectively!