How Is It Different From A
Learning Disability?

The terms reading disability and learning disability are sometimes used interchangeably.

A reading disability can be caused by a learning disability such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism or Aspergers.

Reading difficulties may be caused because of a deficit in one area of reading. A deficit can occur due to many reasons. If a child missed some important concepts in school due to sickness or other circumstances, then she may have a reading difficulty.

If a student is one that needs lots of review and the teacher does not give it, than she could fall behind the other students. Once a student gets behind, she will not "catch up" without the right kind of remediation.


The right kind of remediation is teaching phonics by using the Orton-Gillingham method. Orton-Gillingham teaches phonics in a sequential, systematic method. This is called explicit phonics and is the only method that is proven to work with those struggling with reading. You will see significant progress in your child's reading when you use a program based on the Orton-Gillingham method.

Children who struggle with reading will always lag behind in school because it takes them longer to read. 

Every subject has some reading required. Therefore when other students are answering the questions at the end of the chapter, the LD student may only be in the middle of the chapter.

I can't guarantee that any reading challenge can be cured. NO ONE CAN! If it is caused because of dyslexia, Aspergers or another disability then there won't be a cure.

However, the student can learn tools that will help them become a successful life-long reader. Read about students who were struggling readers but with help have become successful readers.

If the student has a reading difficulty, then there is a more likely chance that she will be able to overcome her struggles with reading than LD student.

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