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What is Learning Disability?

Learning disability is defined by the dictionary as “a condition giving rise to difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the level expected of those of the same age, especially when not associated with a physical handicap.”

It is a neurological disorder.  To explain simply, it’s a result of how differently ‘wired’ a person’s brain is. People with this disability are just as smart or smarter than others. It’s just that they find difficulty in some aspects of learning such absorbing and organising ideas, writing, reading, and the like. This will lead to difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, handling money, and socialising – which affects someone for their whole life. 

Broadly speaking, these disorders involve difficulty in one or more, but not uniformly in all basic psychological processes.[ The disability varies from person to person, as it can present itself in difficulty with input, integration, and motor processes.

Learning disability is not something that is curable. However, with the right intervention and guidance, people with this condition can still live a normal life. Parents and guardians can help by encouraging with what they are good at, acknowledging weaknesses, understanding the right environment for them, and working with professionals through seeking help about the condition.

For someone to be diagnosed with learning disability, this can be intimidating and scary. But this does not make anyone less of a person since it has nothing to do with intelligence and we all have our strengths. It’s just that, it’s more difficult for someone diagnosed to learn as quickly as those without the disability.  Don’t think that someone with learning disability can’t succeed in life, because Walt Disney and Alexander Graham Bell would make you think otherwise.

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