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Learning Disabilities in the Family

  • By: Arlene R. Young
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Learning disability (LD) is a general term for a variety of disorders that make it difficult for a person to perform academically up to the level expected given their intellectual ability. The learning problems associated with LD do not necessarily result from more general cognitive delays, brain damage, physical handicaps, or environmental disadvantage, although they can occur together with these conditions. Having a child with LD can present a major challenge for parents and the family. Conversely, a supportive family environment can play a major role in maximizing a child's academic success as well as reducing the risk that a child will develop some of the social or emotional problems associated with LD. Thus, it is important to consider the needs of both the child ...

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