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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learning disabled adjective

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Winners Siena, 16, works to support students with autism and learning disabilities; Lily, 14, a wheelchair motocross competitor & anti-bullying campaigner Junior, 14. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had Two Secret Meetings This Week While Everyone Was Focused on Harry & Meghan," 19 Oct. 2018 The purpose of her organization is to help young adults with learning disabilities find good jobs. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Diana's Close Friend Posts Rare Candid Photo of the Royal," 31 Aug. 2018 By January 2019, each local board of education will be required to develop policies, outlined in the bill, for addressing the identification of kindergarten through third-grade students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018 Getting children off to the right start pays off, reducing juvenile delinquency, addictions, school dropout rates, learning disabilities, obesity and other problems. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Getting children off to the right start pays off, reducing juvenile delinquency, addictions, school dropout rates, learning disabilities, obesity and other problems. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Neimann-Pick is frequently confused for other things, such as learning disabilities and delayed development of fine motor skills, which means there are kids out there — and terrified parents — who just haven't found answers. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This 18-Month-Old Girl Has "Childhood Alzheimer's" and Needs Your Help," 6 Apr. 2017 There is no cure, but physical therapy and medication are used to combat symptoms that include trouble walking and running, frequent falling and difficulty getting up, and learning disabilities, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true," 7 July 2018 Getting children off to the right start pays off, reducing juvenile delinquency, addictions, school dropout rates, learning disabilities, obesity and other problems. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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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

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learning disabled adjective

learning disability

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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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