What is a Learning Disability?

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Students with a Learning Disability - A Guide for Staff


Did you know? It is estimated that at least 5% of tertiary level students have a learning disability

A learning disability is the result of a neurological disorder which may cause the student to receive and process some types of information differently.

Students may experience significant difficulties when perceiving or processing auditory, visual or spatial information.


Some of the most common learning disabilities include:

  • Dyslexia

Difficulties with reading, writing and/or spelling

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  • Dyscalculia

Difficulty with maths, judging time and speed, distance and proportions

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  • Dysgraphia

Difficulties with expressing thoughts in writing

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) & ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

A biological condition that is characterised by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviours

  • Information Processing Disorders

A deficiency in a person's ability to effectively use the information the senses have gathered

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