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What defines a learning disability as one?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Testing

Learning disabilities are formally diagnosed by psycheducational testing where someone with normal cognitive functioning scores > 15 points below their iq score in a particular subject.
However, the term is used non-officially for someone having trouble learning a particular subject despite normal learning skills and reasonable effort. Some schools even use it for students who have general learnin.

In brief: Testing

Learning disabilities are formally diagnosed by psycheducational testing where someone with normal cognitive functioning scores > 15 points below their iq score in a particular subject.
However, the term is used non-officially for someone having trouble learning a particular subject despite normal learning skills and reasonable effort. Some schools even use it for students who have general learnin.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Skill weakness

A learning disability represents a weakness in a skill needed to appropriately handle an academic skill, in someone who has average intelligence.

In brief: Skill weakness

A learning disability represents a weakness in a skill needed to appropriately handle an academic skill, in someone who has average intelligence.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Definition

Learning disabilities are defined as unexpected difficulties learning in a child with an average to above average iq.
A significant discrepancy between iq & achievement scores on standardized tests used to determine eligilibility for "special ed." now it is determined by a student's lack of adequate "response to intervention" when educational help is provided over a specific time.

In brief: Definition

Learning disabilities are defined as unexpected difficulties learning in a child with an average to above average iq.
A significant discrepancy between iq & achievement scores on standardized tests used to determine eligilibility for "special ed." now it is determined by a student's lack of adequate "response to intervention" when educational help is provided over a specific time.
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