- Written by Dave Pughe-Parry Dave Pughe-Parry
- Last Updated: 21 June 2019 21 June 2019
Learning disabilities are neurological, they are caused by the way the person’s brain is wired. They are not associated with physical disabilities. An important descriptive word for learning disabilities is "processing."
Learning disabilities occur when the brain processes information differently to others. Depending on the disability and its severity, a person may go on to be
They also have nothing to do with intelligence. These children are as brainy - often having genius intelligence - as their peer group. They usually have problems with any of the following; reading, writing, reasoning, spelling, and organising what they trying to learn.
Albert Einstein only started to read when he was aged 9. Many famous people who became high achievers have learning disabilities, including Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Whoopi Goldberg, the South African tycoon Tony Factor, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and a whole host of others.
Learning disabilities can’t be cured, but like ADHD they have to be managed on a daily basis.
Some of the more common learning disabilities include, Dyslexia - understanding written words, Dyscalculia - a mathematical disability, Dysgraphia - the battle to form letters when writing, non-verbal learning disabilities - difficulties with intuitive, organisation of data, and visual-spatial problems.
Auditory and Visual processing disorders are included here as well.
For context and an overiview of ADHD and Co-Occuring Conditions click here
Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®