If you are a professional who serves individuals with learning disabilities you understand the need to provide effective services and assistance to these individuals. It is essential to understand the characteristics of learning disabilities (LD) and associated conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in order to help make informed decisions.
This information on the basics, assessment and evaluation, specifics on children and adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and professional resources will be frequently updated with articles by our professional advisory board and other professionals who share their experience and knowledge with LDA.
New to LD
If you want to learn more about research and resources on learning disabilities this is the place to begin. If you need more information to help a client that is new to LD you may want to refer them to the Parent or Adult section of our site. LDA is here to help you understand learning disabilities and related issues and lead you or your client to the right support systems.
Specific Learning Disabilities
Affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed & interpreted by the brain.
Learn more about Auditory Processing Disorder
A specific learning disability that affects a person’s ability to understand numbers and learn math facts.
Learn more about Dyscalculia.
A specific learning disability that affects a person’s handwriting ability and fine motor skills.
Learn more about Dysgraphia.
A specific learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.
Learn more about Dyslexia.
A specific type of (APD) that affects attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences and stories.
Learn more about Language Processing Disorder
Has trouble interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language and may have poor coordination.
Learn more about Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
A disorder that affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy.
Learn more about Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior and hyperactivity.
Learn more about ADHD.
A disorder which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech.
Learn more about Dyspraxia.
Affects, planning, organization, strategizing, attention to details and managing time and space.
Learn more about Executive Functioning.
A deficit in any or all types of memory, impairing the ability to store and retrieve information required to carry out tasks.
Learn more about Memory.
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.
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 professionals answer their questions on assessment and evaluation.
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.
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.
Learning disabilities is a life-long condition. This page will help to provide information to Adults with LD to navigate their own path to understanding of their diagnosis, the impact on their lives, and how to deal with everyday struggles in a positive way.
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.
Here is a collection of information to assist professionals in advising parents of children with learning disabilities and adults with LD. Also included are articles or papers that you, as a professional serving those with LD, might find helpful in understanding the concerns of your clients.
Guides & Booklets
- An Action Guide for ADHD: Next Steps for Patients, Clinicians, and Insurers
This Action Guide is based on the results of a public review process of treatment options for ADHD.
- Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide
Guide seeks to provide educational practitioners with user-friendly tools to distinguish practices supported by rigorous evidence from those that are not.
- Teaching Our Youngest: A Guide for Preschool Teachers and Child Care and Family Providers
This booklet describes what can be done to help children to develop their language abilities, increase their knowledge, become familiar with books and other printed materials, learn letters and sounds, recognize numbers and learn to count.
- Ed Pubs
Items include: brochures, CD–ROMs, grant applications, newsletters, posters, research reports, videotapes and financial aid products.