What is a Learning Difference?

  • Learning differences are common. Recent studies indicate that approximately 5-10% of American school children have some type of learning difficulty.
  • The most common learning disabilities are language-based, which makes reading, writing, and spelling difficult. Eighty percent of students with learning differences find reading a challenge.
  • Difficulty with sensory-motor integration, motor planning and coordination, and executive functioning are common side effects of learning differences.
  • They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.  It is important to realize that learning disabilities can affect an individual’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships with family, friends and in the workplace.
  • They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.  It is important to realize that learning disabilities can affect an individual’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships with family, friends and in the workplace