learning disability

noun

Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (such as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn and so result in impaired functioning in language, reasoning, or academic skills (such as reading, writing, and mathematics) and that are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information

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Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

Examples of learning disability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matthew, who has learning disabilities, is in a special public school program for students with advanced needs. New York Times, "This Is Schooling Now for 200,000 N.Y.C. Children in Special Education," 16 Apr. 2020 Other programs include diabetes prevention and help with learning disabilities. Fox News, "What is Britain’s National Health Service?," 8 Apr. 2020 Help out kids with reading barriers BookShare is an e-book library that helps people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities, and other reading barriers to read and enjoy stories. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "9 Ways You Can Virtually Volunteer From Home Right Now," 6 Apr. 2020 Neurotics, for example, might overreact to pain; parents might overreact to a child’s learning disability, swayed by popular literature priming them for the topic. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Now Is the Time to Overreact," 16 Mar. 2020 Woodward also has a daughter with learning disabilities, including math processing and reading comprehension issues. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: Is remote school illegal? Child with special needs loses services," 20 Mar. 2020 About 70% of those students were found to have some type of intellectual impairment or learning disability. Rochelle Riley, Freep.com, "Flint boy was suspended, sent home from school 50+ times. His mom blames water crisis.," 13 Dec. 2019 The symptoms and effects, which can include heart defects, learning disabilities, hearing loss and cleft palate, involve different parts of the body and vary in severity. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale 13-year-old hopes to be a Special Olympics equestrian and a mermaid ambassador," 17 June 2019 Lead poisoning in a growing child can cause a lifetime lower IQ, learning disabilities and numerous other health problems. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit passes Michigan's stricter tests for lead contaminated water," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of learning disability

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Learning disability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning%20disability. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for learning disability

learning disability

noun

English Language Learners Definition of learning disability

: a condition that makes learning difficult

learning disability

noun

Kids Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (as dyslexia) that make learning difficult

Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

learning disability

noun

Medical Definition of learning disability

: any of various disorders (as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn resulting in impaired functioning in verbal language, reasoning, or academic skills (as reading, writing, and mathematics) and are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information abbreviation LD

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learning disabled adjective

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