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Learning Disabilities

Of related interest: See the companion Web site for Misunderstood Minds, a documentary that examines how learning disabilities affect children, their families, and society as a whole. Featuring case studies of six children who have experienced a wide range of learning problems, the program is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Mel Levine, a noted pediatrician from the University of North Carolina.


aired live December 6, 2001

Because education is so central to a child’s development and prospects for the future, parents invariably want their children to do well in school. But the school day can become a challenge for kids who struggle with reading, speaking, or working cooperatively with their classmates and teachers.

Such difficulties may be signs of a learning disability. On this KET Kids’ Health Call-In, panelists addressed common questions such as how to identify symptoms of a learning disability and how to know when a child should be formally tested.

Hosted by Melanie Glasscock, the program featured these panelists:

A learning disability (LD) is a disorder that affects an individual’s ability either to interpret sights and sounds or to link information from different parts of the brain. These limitations can show up in many ways: as specific difficulties with spoken and/or written language, coordination, self-control, or attention. Such difficulties extend to schoolwork and can impede learning to read, write, or do math.

Learning Disabilities Resources


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