Support and Resources for Parents

Happy family of four looking at laptop computerParents are often baffled by the problems presented by a child with learning disabilities. Often this “invisible disability” does not become obvious until a child reaches school age. Even then, difficulties may be subtle and hard to recognize.

Here you will find a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process, and helping your child and yourself.

New to LD

Group of people of mixed age and ethnicityIf you are just learning that you or your child has a learning disability you may be confused and not know where to begin. It can be a daunting and complicated task. But don’t despair. LDA is here to help you understand this new diagnosis and lead you or your child to the right support systems.

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Specific Learning Disabilities

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Auditory Processing Disorder

Affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed & interpreted by the brain.
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Dyscalculia

A specific learning disability that affects a person’s ability to understand numbers and learn math facts.
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Dysgraphia

A specific learning disability that affects a person’s handwriting ability and fine motor skills.
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Dyslexia

A specific learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.
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Language Processing Disorder

A specific type of (APD) that affects attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences and stories.
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Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

Has trouble interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language and may have poor coordination.
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Young girl having difficulty painting displaying symptoms of Visual Perception/Visual Motor Deficit disorder.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

A disorder that affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy.
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Related Disorders

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ADHD

A disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior and hyperactivity.
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Dyspraxia

A disorder which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech.
Learn more about Dyspraxia.

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Executive Functioning

Affects, planning, organization, strategizing, attention to details and managing time and space.
Learn more about Executive Functioning.

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Memory

A deficit in any or all types of memory, impairing the ability to store and retrieve information required to carry out tasks.
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Support for Parents
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LD/ADHD Basics

Learning the basics about LD and ADHD is an important start to getting help. After the signs and symptoms of LD are recognized, the appropriate assessment and evaluation will be needed to determine the right strategies to help the individual.
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Assessment & Evaluation

Evaluation involves gathering information from a variety of sources about a child’s functioning and development in all areas. It is generally one of the first steps in determining if a child has a learning disability. This section will help parents answer their questions on assessment and evaluation.
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Early Intervention

Early Intervention includes the evaluation and treatment provided to families and their children under 3 years old who have, or are at risk for having, a disability or delay in speech, language, or hearing. Starting early is important for long-term success.
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Pre-K thru High School

Each stage in a child’s life provides a different learning profile of needs. This section will provide specific information related to the different stages of a child’s school years from preschool to elementary school to middle school and high school.
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Special Education Services

This section will help guide you to specific information related to navigating the special education process. Where to start, who to talk to, and the options for special education evaluation as well as the vocabulary of special education including IEPs and 504s can be found here.
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Beyond the Classroom

The impact of learning disabilities does not end in the classroom but can extend to activities outside the schoolyard. This area will provide articles of interest related to activities beyond the classroom: tutoring, summer activities, special education expenses, social skills and more.
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Mental Health

Mental health issues can affect anyone, including individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and/or ADHD. Here you will find tips and guidelines for preventing, identifying, and addressing mental health issues linked to learning disabilities.
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Technology

The growth of technology is widespread in our everyday lives and is used extensively in the classroom. It can be an invaluable tool for individuals with learning disabilities (LD). Here we explore current and new technologies for individuals with LD to consider.
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Parent Resources

Guides & Booklets