IS IT A SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY OR DYSLEXIA?
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IS IT A SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY OR DYSLEXIA?

Parents and educators may have different opinions about terms to describe a child's challenges.  Understanding these terms and agreeing on which to use can help prevent confusion and conflicts.  Eleven different organization joined together to clarify terminology so it does not get in the way of instruction.

Specific Learning disability (SLD) is a term used to describe children who have a disability in reading, writing, or math.  

Using the term (SLD) is important because it's a term used in the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  Other terms may be used to describe a particular area of need such as dyslexia (type of reading disorder), dyscalculia (a type of math disorder), and dysgraphia (a type of writing disorder).  Other terms may be used to address challenges in decoding, auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, or comprehension, as examples.

There are no legal reasons for a school to avoid terms like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.  The U. S. Department of Education has made it clear that nothing prevents
a school from using such terms.


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