Learning disabilities

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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$10M grant establishes center to boost outcomes for children with learning disabilities
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) has awarded a team of Vanderbilt University professors $10 million to develop new math and reading strategies aimed at improving student success.

Neural Indices of Treatment Responses in Children with Learning Disabilities and Other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
Clinical and Translational Research Lecture

Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: Doug Fuchs
Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: Doug Fuchs

VKC Learning Assessment Clinic “laser-focused” on tackling learning challenges
Just as each snowflake is unique, so are each student’s learning processes. So when students come to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) Learning Assessment Clinic, clinicians work together to develop an individual plan to identify and to target areas of learning challenges and to boost areas of proficiency to make learning effective.

Volunteer Advocacy Project trains family advocates to serve across Tennessee
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Volunteer Advocacy Project saw its fifteenth cohort of volunteers graduate from the biannual training program on November 15. These graduates are now educated, ready, and willing to serve families of individuals with disabilities across Tennessee who may seek advocacy assistance in their school systems.

People related to the topic: Learning disabilities

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.
Dunn Family Chair in Psychoeducational Assessment and Professor of Special Education

Daniel Reschly, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Psychology Emeritus

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