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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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.

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.

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  • Improving Reading and Mathematics Outcomes for Students with Learning Disabilities: Next Generation Intensive Interventions
    PI: Fuchs, Douglas
  • Preventing and Understanding Mathematics Disability
    PI: Fuchs, Lynn
  • Word Problems, Language, and Comorbid Learning Disabilities
    PI: Fuchs, Lynn
  • Promoting Math Problem Solving and Reading Comprehension Via Language
    PI: Fuchs, Lynn
  • Cognition and Student Learning
    PI: Fuchs, Lynn

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James Booth, Ph.D.
Patricia & Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of Psychology & Human Development

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; Co-Director, National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLii)

Lynn S. Fuchs, Ph.D.
Dunn Family Chair in Psychoeducational Assessment and Professor of Special Education; Co-Director, National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLii)

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

Jeanne Wanzek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education

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