Youth and Learning Disabilities

Jessica is a 14-year-old high school student from Cerritos, CA. She enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, and playing basketball.

Many young adults have learning disabilities. Learning disorders deal with a person’s brain. It causes a person to have trouble with memory and learning new things. It is very challenging to cope with a learning disorder. Some people might not even notice that they have one. They won’t think anything is wrong until they talk to someone about it or if someone notices it before them.

There are many different kinds or learning disorders. A few examples are dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Dyslexia means the person has an inability to read properly. Dysgraphia is related to syntax, or grammar. Dyscalculia is associated with a problem with calculating, which is math related. The most common disorder is dyslexia.

Most people with learning disorders are not diagnosed until many years of hardship have passed. After being diagnosed, the person will finally find out why they have been struggling with learning for so many years.

Doctors usually prescribe medicine for a person that has a learning disorder. When a person with a learning disorder goes to school, they might have to do testing in another room. At my school we have Individualized Education Programs where people with learning disorders or disabilities are in the same class, where they can feel somewhat safer. IEP’s are very beneficial, and I think that every school should have them because they help each person deal with their own type of learning disorder.

Below are some signs of learning disorders:


1.)    Confusing basic words such as cat, jump, and dog. If a person is easily puzzled with basic words, he or she will have a very difficult time later on in his or her life.

2.) Many errors with basic words. They also reverse letters around. (b/d and m/w)

These little mistakes may mean something more important.

3.) A person has a hard time learning new things and remembering. If someone has a

bad memory it can be a sign of a learning disorder, but most of the time it means


4.) A person has impulsive behavior. He or she may have a reckless or spontaneous


5.) A person is “accident prone”. The person is very clumsy and inept.

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