Learning disability is a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders are intrinsic to the individual and are presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction. There is a spectrum of characteristics of children with learning disabilities. Common characteristics include: specific academic skill deficits, perceptual-motor impairments, memory and thinking disorders, speech-language disorders, attention disorders, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, emotional changeability, general coordination deficits.
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Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy center; Director, IDDRC Translational Neuroimaging Core C; Faculty Director, VKC Reading Clinic
Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D.
Nicholas Hobbs Chair and Professor of Special Education and Professor of Pediatrics
Lynn S. Fuchs, Ph.D.
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Daniel Reschly, Ph.D.
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