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A Specific Learning Disability is a permanent neurological brain disorder, which affects the way individuals Receive, Store, Organize, Retrieve and Use information. This cortex-based brain disorder affects the individuals basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. The disability may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, do mathematical calculations, reason, and affects a person's attention, memory, coordination, social skills, and emotional maturity.
"Learning Disabilities" is an "umbrella" term describing a number of other, more specific learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dysphasia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit, Language, and Non-Verbal LD. Every individual is unique and shows a different combination and degree of difficulties; each with uneven areas of ability, "a weakness within a sea of strengths." For instance, a child with dyslexia who struggles with reading, writing and spelling may be very capable in math and science.
A Specific Learning Disability is a life long "hidden" disability. It is very real, always hampering, and often crippling to the child or adult who struggles daily with these executive functioning brain deficits.
Everyone in Maine is affected by Specific Learning Disabilities!
The unmet needs of individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities is seriously affecting Maine's local schools and business community, taxing our substance abuse & mental health services and our criminal justice systems. Please become a member of LDA and join us in lowering the following startling statistics:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral brain disorder that interferes with the ability to sustain attention or focus on a task & delay impulsive behavior; characterized by attention skills that are developmentally inappropriate, impulsivity, and in some cases hyperactivity.
ADHD is not a SLD, but like SLD, is a chronic and pervasive disorder that can negatively impair many aspects of daily life, including home, school, work, and interpersonal relationships. Like SLD, it, too, is a lifespan disorder impacting many areas of an individual's daily functioning. (Co-morbidity, Dr. Larry B. Silver, MD, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr., MD 2008)