Specific learning disabilities are neurodevelopmental disorders that impede an individual’s ability to learn or use the specific academic skills foundational for learning. These disabilities typically occur across reading, writing, and mathematics (often called dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia).
Many youth struggle to develop early skills across one or many of these areas, and each one may struggle for different reasons. Some individuals struggle because of a primary learning disability, others because of executive functioning weaknesses, and others because of socio-emotional struggles.
Schools are frequently skilled at identifying when a problem exists but are typically unable to identify why it exists. If a youth’s school is reporting that they are behind grade-level in a particular area, it may be helpful to seek a neuropsychological evaluation to understand the reasons for these struggles and identify appropriate interventions.
Learning Disability-oriented services at BCSC: