They are often very smart, and typically have strengths and talents that differ from the skills emphasized in school. Experts look for a noticeable difference between how well a child does in school and how well he or she could do, given his or her intelligence or ability.
They have trouble learning how spoken language translates into written text. Even if the person learns to compensate and, in effect, overcomes the disorder, the difference in brain processing lasts throughout life. As can be seen when comparing the definitions set forth by P.
Learning problems are not due to mental retardation or emotional disturbance. Learning disabilities are not caused by economic disadvantage, but in low-income communities there is increased risk of exposure to harmful toxins lead, tobacco, alcohol, etc.
However, if a child shows a number of these problems, then parents and the teacher should consider the possibility that the child has a learning disability. Teachers and parents are more aware of the types of services that are available.
Competency 10 - The special education teacher understands the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education.