October is Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Oct 8, 2018 | Special Education, Special Needs

Like people, learning disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. During the month of October each year, the Learning Disabilities Association of America shines a much-needed spotlight on the variety of learning disabilities facing countless adults and children throughout the United States.

Often, people hear the term “learning disability” and dyslexia and ADD/ADHD come to mind.

Dyslexia Is one learning disability that affects how a person learns to read and impacts their ability to process language.

ADD is a condition that causes a person too have trouble focusing, controlling their behavior and paying attention. ADHD adds an additional symptom: hyperactivity.

Other Learning Disorders include:

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) affects how sound is interpreted by the brain.

Language Processing Disorder impacts a person’s ability to attach meaning to sounds that form stories, sentences and words. This is a particular type of APD.

Dyscalculia affects a person’s ability to learn and understand math concepts.

Dysgraphia affects a person’s fine motor skills, particularly their handwriting abilities.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities are diagnosed when a person has difficulty interpreting non-verbal cues such as body language and facial expressions.

Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit is a disorder impacting a person’s ability to understand information they see as well as challenges affecting their ability to draw or copy.

Dyspraxia is a condition that causes people to have challenges with coordination, movement, speech and language.

Executive Functioning impacts one’s ability to plan, organize, strategize, manage time and pay attention to details.

Memory is a broad category of conditions related to the impaired ability to retrieve and store information needed to carry out tasks.

The experienced legal team at Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler has been successfully advocating for children with special needs and their families for more than 40 years. Our attorneys are dedicated to making sure that each child with a learning disability is able to receive the education they want, need and are entitled to receive by state and federal law.

If your child is showing signs or has been diagnosed with any learning or behavioral disability, please contact SGW so we can help protect their rights. Call 609-409-3500.

For more information about Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia Awareness Month, check out monthldaamerica.org

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