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Learning Disabilities

Learning Disability

DSM-5 considers SLD to be a type of Neuro-developmental Disorder 3 that impedes the ability to learn or use specific academic skills (e.g., reading, writing or arithmetic), which is the foundation for other academic learning. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is “wired”.

  • LD is a chronic condition. However, children with LD can do well and can be taught ways to get around their LD. With the right help, children with LD can and do learn successfully.
  • Children with LD get frustrated and intolerant when they are not able to perform well in academics.
  • Parents and teachers often pressurize them and this often has consequences
    • Fear and anxiety
    • Low self-esteem
    • Low confidence
    • Loss of interest
    • Emotional disturbances
    • School phobia and school refusal
    • Psycho Therapy and Counseling
  • Among children with normal intelligence, as many as 1 out of every 5 children have some degree of LD.
  • LD occurs 2 to 3 times more often in males than in females.
  • There increases risk of 4 to 8 times in first degree relatives for reading deficits and about 5 to 10 times for mathematical deficits – showing a strong genetic tendency.