Learning disabilities often run in families. Children with LD are likely to have parents or other relatives with similar difficulties.
Problems during pregnancy and birth
An illness or injury during or before birth may cause LD. Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, low birth weight, lack of oxygen and premature or prolonged labor may also lead to LD.
Incidents after birth
Serious illness, head injuries, poor nutrition and exposure to toxins such as lead can contribute to LD.