Learning Disability


A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is "wired." Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

A learning disability can't be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue. However, with the right support and intervention, however, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life. Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.

Common learning disabilities are:


When symptoms for learning disabilities are detected early, children have greater chances to receive early intervention and develop the skills needed to lead a productive and successful life.


Grades K-4:

Grades 5-8:

High school students and adults:

Treatments and Therapies:

Treatments and therapies will vary depending on the type of learning disability the child has. Usually, professionals will work with the child to help them learn skills by building on their strengths and developing ways to compensate for the individual’s weaknesses. Children diagnosed with a learning disability may take part in special education services depending on their environment. At schools, they may be assigned Individual Education Plans (IEPs)which are discussed among a team of professionals and the child’s family.


Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario:

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District:

Child Development Institute: