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Learning Disabilities – Causes, Effects & Diagnosis

What Causes a Learning Disability?

Some learning disabilities appear to be passed down from generation to generation. Occasionally certain medical conditions, such as neurological illnesses or chronic childhood ear infections, may also alter the neurological development or structure of the brain as well, creating a learning disability.

Environmental factors such as cultural deprivation or parenting and teaching styles may heighten the impact of a neurological deficit, but they are not the cause.

 How Does a Learning Disability Affect Life?

A learning disability involves the foundational perceptual and thinking skills that allow us to operate in life. Thus, just as a sore or injured muscle will cause difficulty wherever that muscle is required for physical movement, so a learning disability will affect a person’s life wherever that skill is required.

For example, a person who has difficulty keeping things in a sequence may have trouble keeping in order words and letters in reading, spelling, and writing; keeping numbers in order in math; keeping track of a class schedule; completing long-range assignments, such as a term paper; and following directions. A memory deficit can cause problems with taking notes in class; remembering homework assignments, spelling or vocabulary; recalling information studied for tests; remembering basic math facts, phone numbers, addresses, locker combinations, people’s names, appointments, etc.

How Is a Learning Disability Diagnosed?

A psycho-educational battery of formal and informal tests is used to determine patterns of strength and weakness as compared to intellectual ability.

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Welcome to NILD

Whatever the reason that brought you to our website ~ we are glad you have found us! NILD’s website was designed for you – the seeker, the parent, the educator – to get accurate information on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and […]

Benefits of Cursive Handwriting

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One of the most hotly debated topics in education these days is the issue of handwriting.  Mr. Shapiro, a journalist for the Washington Post, wrote an article titled “Cursive Foiled by Technology” on April 4, 2013.  The handwriting/keyboarding debate is […]

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February 27th Webinar ~ Creating Communities of Belonging for All Learners

Join us for this 60-minute NILD webinar including Q&A as Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski (Executive Director, CLC Network) discusses the following concepts and more: EXPLORE a philosophy of inclusion for all types of learners LEARN how to […]

ACSI Affinity Partner Program

ACSI Affinity Partnership

ACSI proudly presents its Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies carefully chosen to benefit ACSI members schools and to assist these schools in accomplishing their life-changing missions. ACSI’s goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that […]

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Announcing NILD 2017-18 Regional Conferences

Neuroeducation–NILD at the Intersection: Translating Learning Science Methodologies.     Agenda and registration information is now online.   NILD Regional Conferences are scheduled for the following locations (click above link for more information). Lees Summit, MO  January 11-13, 2018 (Pre-cons: […]

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Join NILD’s New Online Workshop!

Learn how to become an NILD Teletherapist! March 29, 2018 (12pm-2pm Eastern). Click here for more information and to register. REACH students who are homebound, geographically remote or otherwise not able to engage in face-to-face therapy EXPAND your therapy practice […]

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