Individuals with learning disabilities (LD) may experience difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, math, social skills, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information.
You may also hear the terms: specific learning disorder or language-based learning disabilities.
LD does not reflect how smart an individual is. Many individuals with LD have an average or above-average IQ.
According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the following difficulties may be experienced by an individual with LD:
Talking about ideas- the individual may use words such as, “thing” or “stuff” and may pause to think of the word he/she/they want to use
Learning new words
Understanding questions and following directions
Remembering numbers in order
Remembering the details of a story
Understanding/comprehending what is read
Learning words to songs
Differentiating left from right
Remembering the alphabet
Matching sounds to letters
Writing- the order of letters in words may be mixed up
Math- the order of numbers may be mixed up
Language Delays and Disorders
Language disorders are difficulties in understanding and/or producing spoken and written language. These difficulties can have a profound impact on children’s academic, social, and emotional development.
A child may be late to talk, have a diagnosed condition that is known to affect communication, or their communication disorder may not be identified until they reach school. We provide assessment and treatment to children whose language problems stem from many causes and vary in severity.
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays (from CDC). This might include cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or intellectual disability. We provide services to adults and children whose communication abilities are affected by their disability.