School is hard work for all learners, but it can be especially hard for children with learning differences. When a student with learning differences is asked to perform academic tasks like reading, math, and writing, or even just listening to lessons and recalling information presented in the lesson they are working overtime. According to Dr. Alicia Braccia, a learning disability is a disorder that interferes with the ability to process and retain information at the same rate as their peers. There are many learning disabilities and neurochemical disorders that can interfere with learning.
Learning Disabilities can manifest in varying degrees of severity and often are intermixed with additional disabilities. Comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations can help identify specific types and subtypes and are best performed early in a child’s life. Dr. Braccia is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist based in Orlando with over 30 years of experience as a Certified Teacher and School Psychologist. Her team at the Center for Health, Learning and Achievement administer testing and prescribe appropriate intervention plans.
Additional Resources: www.ldamerica.org (Learning Disabilities America), www.ADD.org (Attention Deficit Disorder Association), www.CHAD.org (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), www.dyslexia.org (International Dyslexia Association, www.ldonline.org (Learning Disabilities resources), www.ncld. org (National Center for Learning Disabilities), www.ncapd.org (National Coalition on Auditory Processing Disorders (state-by-state referral network), www.njcld.org (National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities) www.readingrockets.org (for struggling readers), www.smartkidswithld.org (parental support network)