Learning and Communication Differences
Some people have trouble with various forms of communication -- writing, reading, speaking, hearing or paying attention. When these problems cause difficulties with learning, they are referred to as learning differences (sometimes called learning disabilities).
Learning differences happen when people take in or process information in a way that's different from other people. They can be caused by heredity or by injury. If someone has a learning or communication difference, it does not mean they are dumb or incapable. It may just mean that they need to find a different way to learn or to communicate.
Some common learning differences you may hear about are:
- Dyslexia: trouble reading
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD): difficulty focusing or staying still
- Stuttering: speech problem
- Hearing problems
- Vision problems
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Learning Disabilities Fact Sheet, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.
Speech Problems, Nemours Foundation.
What's Hearing Loss?, Nemours Foundation.
Common Eye Problems in Children, The Vision Learning Center, Prevent Blindness America.