Learning Disabilities in the Classroom
(Information for Parents, Teachers, and Students)

What is a learning disability?

A disorder in basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or use mathematical calculations. The term includes conditions such as perceptual disability, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

Quick Facts About Learning Disabilities

For further info view the Amecian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website at:

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Most Common Learning Disabilities
Speech and Language Disorders
Developmental Disorders

Learning Disabilities Typically Affect 5 General Areas

  1. Spoken language
  2. Written language
  3. Arithmetic
  4. Reasoning
  5. Memory

For Parents
Parents should be aware of these signals, when a child:
For further info visit the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website:

Color the dyslexics world:
Other sources for parents:
What causes dyslexia?
What can a parent do?


For Teachers
Teachers are an essential link between children with learning disabilties and the interventions and services that can help them. There is no student with a learning disability who cannot learn, if a teacher has received appropriate training and is willing to spend the time, using his or her expertise to reach and teach that child.

To most effectively help children with learning disabilities, teachers should:

Sources for teachers:
Dyslexia Teacher
LD Online

For Students
A lot of kids with learning disabilites do not like school. It is not fun to have problems learning, especially when most of the other kids are not having problems. This could be why so many children with learning disabilities get into trouble at school. Gary L. Fisher, Ph.D. has written  The Survival Guide for Kids with LD. Here is a summuray of ten ways to get along better in school:
  1. When things get tough, talk to someone.
  2. Keep your head up and tell the truth about being a person with LD. It is nothing to be ashamed of.
  3. Find a hobby or sport and become an expert at it.
  4. Take part in school activities.
  5. Learn as much as you can about LD.
  6. Make friends.
  7. Be a helper.
  8. Stay out of trouble.
  9. Know how to relax and cool off.
  10. Do not use LD as an excuse!
For more about Dr. Fisher and his book visit site.
The Survival Guide for Kids With LD

Sources for students:
College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilites
Succeeding with LD: 20 True Stories About Real People With LD

Continually working together will create success for teachers, parents, and students. Do not get discouraged, there are resources everywhere to obtain information about learning disabilities.

Website created by Cara Elliott and Erika Hudson in CI 3850
Appalachian State University