Definition of a Learning Disability
Specific Learning Disability is a chronic condition of presumed neurological origin which selectively interferes with the development, integration, and/or demonstration of verbal and/or non-verbal activities.
Specific Learning Disabilities exist as a distinct handicapping condition in the presence of average to superior intelligence, adequate sensory and motor systems, and adequate learning opportunities. The condition varies in its manifestations and in degree of severity. Throughout life the condition can affect self-esteem, education, vocation, socialization, and/or daily living activities.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is recognized as “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.” The condition varies in degree of severity and can affect a student’s self esteem, peer relationships, ability to fully access the academic environment, and a student’s ability to reach his God given potential.
Seeking Support for Your Student
Although families are often hesitant to bring attention to their child’s academic difficulties, it is imperative to address areas of concern. Not disclosing a child’s struggles in fear of them being “labeled” may prevent a child from reaching his/her full potential. Knowledge gained from the collaborative observations of teachers, administrators, and parents, along with information that only formal testing can provide, can pave the way for a struggling student to receive the help he/she needs as well as facilitate a positive learning experience.
Under the leadership of the Director of Supplemental Services, Megan Howell, Trinity has a team comprised of teachers, educational therapists, and administrators that work together to observe, evaluate, implement support strategies and recommend testing when necessary. In addition, a multi faceted support system of academic intervention and educational therapy is ready to meet the needs of individual students.