Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are variously defined, but often involve problems in processing certain types of information (such as visual vs. auditory) or problems in integrating information received from various modalities. The ability to derive meaning from sensory stimuli usually develops at predictable rates. Individuals may have normal intelligence and normal ability receptive ability (to see or hear), but have difficulty getting the meaning from stimuli. For example, one might have heard something, but not know what was heard. 


Having a learning disability usually means that learning may occur differently than it does for others. Ability to interpret what stimuli means quickly and accurately can sometimes be trained.