Learning Problems and Disorders
The terms “learning problem” and “learning disorder” generally refer to difficulty mastering basic academic skills such as reading, spelling, and arithmetic.
Learning disorders have been defined as a significant discrepancy between academic achievement in a specific area or subject and general intelligence. This definition has been the subject of some debate, however, because the degree of discrepancy is open to interpretation.1
Children and teens with learning problems and disorders are often rejected by their peers. In addition to academic difficulties, they may have difficulty responding to social cues and may suffer from low self-esteem.