Learning Disabilities

New Perspectives from an Educational Specialist
  • Dorothy Kletzkin


The cognitive development of the child identified as “learning disabled” has been the subject of varying hypotheses, considerable research, and controversy, for many decades. Interest in learning disabilities has been sparked by concerns of parents and professionals that some children may have difficulty acquiring and applying information presented in the traditional academic environment. In 1970, the United States Office of Education defined children with specific learning disabilities as

Those children who have a disorder in one of the more basic psychological processes involved in understanding, or in using language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in imperfectability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations. Such disorders include perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental asphasia. Such terms do not include children who have learning problems which are primarily the result of visual, hearing or motor handicaps, of mental retardation, or of emotional disadvantages.1


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Kletzkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Learning Disabilities, Institute for Child DevelopmentHackensack Medical CenterHackensackUSA

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