A learning disability is a problem that affects how a person receives and processes information. People with learning disabilities may have trouble with any of the following:
Learning disabilities are common. Between 8% and 10% of children under age 18 in the U.S. may have some type of learning disability.
Learning disabilities have nothing to do with how smart a person is. Rather, a person with a learning disability may just see, hear, or understand things differently. That can make everyday tasks, such as studying for a test or staying focused in class, much more difficult. There are strategies a person can learn to make it easier to cope with these differences.