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What is a Learning Difference? - The Parish School Blog

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One out of ten children has a learning difference such as: speech and language delays, dyslexia, perceptual deficit, auditory processing problems and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  • Many children with learning differences have average to above average learning potential.
  • Learning differences cross all social and economic boundaries.
  • Children who do not proceed through certain language milestones from 0-3 years are at high risk for developing communication and academic difficulties.
  • Most language and learning delays can be diagnosed before age 6 and as early as 18 months — the earlier the intervention, the more effective it is.
  • Many children with learning differences go undiagnosed and suffer serious academic and self-esteem problems that threaten their success in life.
  • Parent support and involvement are crucial to the academic success of children with language-learning differences.