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In simple terms, a learning disability is an umbrella phrase that refers to mechanical problems in the brain. Such mechanical problems are underlying processes that cause the ultimate behaviour and academic problems you see such as with reading, spelling, writing, math difficulties, comprehension, to name a few.
Words and phrases like dyslexia, dysgraphia, expressive language problems, organization issues, dyscalculia, spatial motor, are conditions that fall under the heading of learning disabilities. For a more in depth description, visit our FAQ page.
Learning Disabilities are not related to intelligence. They result from impairments in one or more underlying processes in the brain that are related to learning, in combination with otherwise average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning. People with learning disabilities are at least of average intelligence and in some cases of superior intelligence, and are frequently intellectually gifted. Learning disabilities are specific not global impairments, and as such are distinct from intellectual disabilities. -LDAO Definition of Learning Disabilities (2001)
By getting at the underlying processing deficits such as Central Auditory Processing Deficit (CAPD), that cause difficulties with reading/decoding, dEcode® can not only help the individual to read but can also remediate the underlying processing problems involved.
Some common categories are:
Often people with low tested intelligence find it easy to learn to read or do math, while others with high intelligence find reading almost impossible. In many ways, intelligent people with LD are harder to teach, because they are able to hide their problems from teachers and parents.
At least 20% of children today have been diagnosed with some form of Learning Disability such as dyslexia. These kids will certainly have trouble learning to read in a standard classroom because information is blocked from reaching the brain because of impairments in the auditory, visual, motor, (or a combination) processes.
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