Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Learning Disability

  • Kathleen K. M. DeidrickEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1560


Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyslexia; Dysphasia; Learning disorders

Short Description or Definition

The definition of learning disability has changed over time, but all definitions focus on the idea of academic difficulties that are not expected. According to the DSM-V, a diagnosis of learning disability is assigned when a school-aged child exhibits persistent difficulties in learning and using academic skills, performing below same-aged peers after participating in appropriate efforts to remediate these problems. The child’s learning difficulties have a clear negative impact on their academic or occupational achievement or other daily living skills, and the learning difficulties cannot be completey expained by of other possible causes (primary sensory deficit, intellectual disability/other neurologic or mental condition, stressors, poor proficiency in the language of instruction, or poor academic instruction) (APA 2013).


Areas of learning difficulty include...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neuro- and Behavioral PsychologySt. Luke’s Children’s HospitalBoiseUSA