National Institute for Learning Development - NILD

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.

Welcome to NILD

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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 […]

Recognizing and Working with Anxious Students

Recognizing and Working with Anxious Students May 20th @ 12pm EST  Presented by Donna Weston, CDT, PCET   Priced at $35, Registration closes May 20th @ 11:30am EST Description: The rates of anxiety in children and […]

NILD Research Update

NILD Research Update April 18th @ 12pm EST, Priced at $35 Registration closes April 18th at 11:30am EST This webinar will serve to update our community of NILD Educational Therapists on our research findings from recent […]

NILD Telepractice Workshop

Telepractice Workshop  April 30th, 2-4pm EST, Priced at $150 Telepractice can transform your practice. Maintaining the standards and procedures of each educational therapy session is crucial, so this training will focus on specific guidelines for how the integrity […]

Summer Courses & Workshops

Please visit our master training schedule for more details & to register.  We look forward to seeing you this summer! Register now for great discounts: $75 off level courses, $50 off FIE courses, and $30 off workshops.  Discounts expire one month prior […]

Announcing our Northwest Regional Conference in Washington State!

We are happy to introduce our 2019 Northwest regional conference in WA.  Social-Emotional Development: Addressing the Non-Cognitive Factors that Shape Thinking and Learning March 7-9, 2019 at Bellevue Christian School, 1701 98th Ave NE, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 Register by February 7th, 2019 […]

Announcing our South Eastern Regional Conference in Winter Garden, FL

We are happy to introduce our 2019 South-Eastern regional conference in FL.  Social-Emotional Development: Addressing the Non-Cognitive Factors that Shape Thinking and Learning February 7-9, 2019 at Foundation Academy, 125 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787 Register by January 16th, […]

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