Learning disabilities may result in limitations in the rate, accuracy or efficiency of reading, writing or math. A student with a learning disability does not lack aptitude or ability but is inhibited from demonstrating his or her true intelligence in at least one area of achievement (reading, writing, or math) due to the severe processing deficit.
Time management, project organization or initiation, sustained attention, and social skills may be limited. Taking in information, retaining it, or expressing knowledge and understanding to others may be a challenge. The student will have uneven abilities and persistent deficits in auditory, visual, or memory functions. Learning disabilities tend to be diagnosed when children reach school age. This is because school focuses on the very things that may be difficult for the child—reading, writing, math, listening, speaking, and reasoning.