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What is the difference between a learning disability and a learning problem?

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lorindasmith | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM via web

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What is the difference between a learning disability and a learning problem?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM (Answer #1)

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This question comes down to semantics between the differences of a 'learning disability' and a 'learning problem.'  From an educator's standpoint, a learning disability for a child is one that has been evaluated by a diagnostician or doctor and results in that student qualifying for special education services or appropriate educational modifications or accomodations in the classroom. 

A learning problem can be taken as a much more generic label in the classroom; many students might have 'learning problems' like struggling with organization or certain skills within the curriculum; having a learning problem would not qualify a student for receiving special services.

In conclusion, both learning disabilities and learning problems are serious issues that must be addressed within the classroom by parent, teachers, and administration, but the main difference between the two comes down to the actual severity of the student's difficulty

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