In these podcasts, three NCLD Parent Leaders share their perspective on what role fathers should play at home and in meetings with school personnel.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 "Hidden Thoughts of LD" Art Competition! Discover these beautiful works and stories from children, teens and adults with learning disabilities.
Help your child explore the joys of reading, at the same time reinforcing — and even improving — his or her reading skills.
Everyday tasks can be difficult for those with visual processing problems. Watch a video about the types of visual disorders and their effects.
Simple objects—like a grapefruit and a lemon—are sometimes all it takes to boost your elementary school-age child's math know-how. Don’t miss these fun ideas.
What Is Executive Function?
Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.If you have trouble with ex....More >
What Is Dysgraphia?
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgrap....More >
What Is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life.Two major areas of weakness can contribute to....More >
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Ann....More >
What Is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have trouble planning and completing fine motor tasks. This can vary from simple motor tasks such as waving goodbye to more complex tasks like brushing teeth. It is estimated that dyspraxia affects at ....More >
What Is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia at a Glance
Dyslexia is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading.
Dyslexia is often characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling.
Dyslexia may cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down vocabular....More >
What Are Learning Disabilities?
Learning disabilities (LDs) are real. They affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store, respond to and communicate information. LDs are actually a group of disorders, not a single disorder. Learning disabilities are not the same as intellectual disabilities (formerly known a....More >
13 (Better) Questions to Ask Your Child About School
When your child comes home on the first few days of school—or throughout the school year—there will be lots of information you want from him or her. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re talking to your child about school.
The way you ask the questions matters....More >
Mission & History
The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.Learn....More >
What Is an IEP?
Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school admini....More >
Interactive LD Checklist
Take the Checklist
It's not always easy to recognize learning disabilities. If you or someone you know displays the signs described in our LD Checklist, it's time to seek additional information or help.The following checklist is designed as a helpful guide and not as a tool to pinp....More >
A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
The parents of millions of children who struggle to learn are searching 24/7 to help their children move forward in school. This guide to Response to Intervention is an easy-to-understand and critical tool for these parents.
- James H. Wendorf. Executive Director, NCLD
Section 504 and IDEA Comparison Chart
School can be a stressful environment for the child and a time of vulnerability. Appropriate accommodations and modifications can reduce stress and can assist in achieving and maintaining educational success. As a parent, you are your child's greatest advocate, supporter, and cheerlea....More >
NCLD primarily offers information about learning disabilities (LD) through our website, LD.org. We're confident that you'll find our articles, publications, advocacy guides and policy-related publications, and our handy checklists, worksheets, and forms to be reliable and useful resou....More >
What Is Working Memory and Why Does It Matter?
Remember the day when someone rattled off a phone number while you just hoped against hope you’d recall the string of digits as you were dialing? That was working memory toiling away. With the advent of cell phones, you may no longer use it this way very often. But working memory sti....More >
Antecedent Behavior Consequence (ABC) Chart
Just as the school can observe and record your child's behavior at school, you can do the same at home. Take the journalist approach — answer questions, such as who, what, when, and where as they relate to your child's behavior. Don't forget, only record what you see and hear, not you....More >
Learning Disability Fast Facts
What Are Learning Disabilities?
Learning disabilities (LD) are a group of varying disorders that have a negative impact on learning. They may affect one’s ability to speak, listen, think, read, write, spell or compute. The most prevalent LD is in the area of reading, known as dys....More >
How to Pay for College: Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students With LD
Senior year of high school—time to relax, coast, wait for college, right? Wrong! You may have been accepted to your college of choice, but the work doesn’t end with an acceptance letter and a trip to the mall for new sheets and jeans. How will you finance your college education? Wher....More >
What Is FAPE, and What Can It Mean to My Child?
FAPE is the acronym for a Free and Appropriate Public Education. It is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). And it often causes the greatest conflict between parents and schools. A required component of IDEA, FAPE mandat....More >
Auditory Processing Disorders
There are several different ways the brain processes auditory information. If there is a weakness in a particular kind of auditory processing, it may be observed through specific types of behavior. Below is an explanation of the different types of auditory processing. Each category a....More >
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How to Help a Child With Weak Working Memory
Does your child have a weakness with verbal (auditory) or visual-spatial working memory? If so, you may find that it is greatly interfering with academic achievement. Fortunately, there are many ways to help—from teaching ways to compensate to lifestyle changes to brain-training techn....More >
Visual Processing Disorders
There are lots of ways the brain processes visual information. Weaknesses in a particular kind of visual processing can often be seen in specific difficulties with practical, everyday tasks.
Below is an explanation of each of the types of visual processing. Each category also includ....More >
Is a 504 Plan Right for My Child?
When you are making a decision about how to seek support for your child at school it’s important to know your options to request help under the federal law. There are two laws for K-12 students in public school that may offer supports and services: the Individuals with Disabilities E....More >
The State of Learning Disabilities
NCLD, with the State of Learning Disabilities, has published a critical report that will further the debate over how to strengthen the programs and policies we have in place to serve and protect students and adults with learning disabilities.
- Thomas H. Kean, NCLD Board Member and f....More >
What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has a Learning Disability
If you suspect that your child has a learning disability (LD), don’t despair. With early recognition and targeted intervention, children with LD can achieve as well as other children do. Students whose LD is identified and addressed before they leave third grade have the best chance ....More >
Knowing Your Child’s Rights
Your child has the right to a free and appropriate public school education. Getting involved in his or her education is among the most important things you can do as your child’s advocate. As you’ll see below, you have a right to be a part of every decision regarding your child’s edu....More >
Apps to Help Students With Dysgraphia and Writing Difficulties
Technology can be a great tool for students (and adults!) who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia that affect their written expression. We’ve personally reviewed these mobile apps and we know they’re LD-friendly. They can make the writing process a bit easier a....More >
IDEA Parent Guide
NCLD has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs. Use this Guide to understand:
How the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (ID....More >
Visual Processing Disorders: By Age Group
Basics You Should Know About Visual Processing Disorders
Visual processing disorders are also known as visual perceptual processing disorders
They affect how the brain perceives and processes what the eye sees.
These disorders can occur without impaired vision of any kind.
Information Processing Disorders
What Is Information Processing?
Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are all ways the body collects information. But the act of using those senses is only the first step towards being able to use the data they've collected. The information the body collects is sent to the brain w....More >