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Characteristics of a Student With a Learning Disability

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What are the characteristics of a student with a learning disability? Why and how is this student different from a student with another disability or a student without a learning disability?

What are some controversies surrounding learning disabilities and why is it a contentious issue? What is something that is still confusing about learning disabilities? How will this change in understanding information about LD will help you as an educator?

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Learning Disabilities:
Learning disabilities are not the result of poor intelligence or laziness. Learning disabilities are a group of disorders that are neurological in nature. They make learning certain academic skills more difficult for affected students.
Learning disorders affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store and respond to or express information. These disabilities might affect a person's ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, think or compute. The term "learning disabilities" encompasses a group of disorders.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Dyslexia causes the brain to process and interpret information differently than unaffected individuals. Dyslexic people have problems with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling ...

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