When Behaviors Affect Learning
November 5, 2018

Specific Learning Disabilities



The Individuals with Disabilities Act includes special education services for children with specific learning disabilities. And, while the most commonly known learning disability is Dyslexia, there are many more which are included within the law.

Initially it must be found that a child is exhibiting a specific and significant gap between their tested cognitive ability and their academic output. Once a child exhibits this gap, it is then important to identify the cause of the difference between their innate level of intelligence and their ability to perform academically.

The law provides that a specific learning disability includes, “…a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.” However, there are specific situations in which a learning disability cannot be found. These include, “learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of intellectual disability, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.” As such, the school district will use these specific criteria to determine if a child exhibits a specific learning disability that requires special education services and supports.

If you believe that your child is struggling in school, possibly due to a specific learning disability, please do not hesitate to contact Southern California Law Office.

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