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Learning Disabilities: Math, Reading, Writing

What is it?

  • Inability to learn, perform, or produce work equal to potential/intelligence
  • Below average IQ + below average performance = no LD
  • Above average IQ + below average performance = possible LD
  • Neurological disorders, lifetime issues
  • Global or specific in math, reading, or writing

        Math Disability

        What does it look like?

    • Unreliable written computations
    • Inconsistent calculations
    • Persistent trouble memorizing basic number facts
    • Unreliable attention to operational signs
    • Inability to sequence steps in complex operations
    • Inability to grasp language aspects of math

         Reading Disability/Dyslexia

         What does it look like?

    • Unaware of sounds in words, sound order, rhymes, or sequence of syllables
    • Difficulty decoding (single word identification) or encoding (spelling) words
    • Poor sequencing of numbers or letters (b-d, sing-sign, soiled-solid, 12-21, 6-9)
    • Imprecise/incomplete interpretation of auditory language
    • Poor reading comprehension
    • Difficulty expressing thoughts orally or written
    • Confusion about directions in space/time (right/left, up/down, yesterday/tomorrow)
    • Struggles with handwriting
    • Problems sequencing steps, directionality, or language of mathematics
    • Confusion with right or left handedness

         Writing Disability/Dysgraphia

         What does it look like?

    • Tight, awkward pencil grip and body position
    • Produced illegible handwriting
    • Avoids writing or drawing tasks
    • Tires quickly when writing
    • Speaks words out loud while writing
    • Uses unfinished words in sentences
    • Omits words in sentences
    • Unorganized thoughts on paper
    • Unorganized syntax, structure, grammar

Also see Academic Tips for Learning Disabilities