Characteristics of Children with Learning Disabilities


Children with learning disabilities are a heterogeneous group. These children are a diverse group of individuals, exhibiting potential difficulties in many different areas. For example, one child with a learning disability may experience significant reading problems, while another may experience no reading problems whatsoever, but has significant difficulties with written expression.

Learning disabilities may also be mild, moderate, or severe. Students differ too, in their coping skills. According to Bowe (2005), “some learn to adjust to LD so well that they ‘pass’ as not having a disability, while others struggle throughout their lives to even do ‘simple’ things. Despite these differences, LD always begins in childhood and always is a life-long condition” (p. 71).

This issue of the LD Report provides detailed information about the characteristics of children with learning disabilities.

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