What causes learning disabilities?

After an assessment or diagnosis of a learning disability or AD/HD understandably one of the first questions parents ask is why?

While we do not have a clear understanding of the specific cause of learning disabilities we do know that learning disabilities are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors or injury that alters brain functioning in a manner which affects one or more processes related to learning. These disorders are not due primarily to hearing and/or vision problems, socio-economic factors, cultural or linguistic differences, lack of motivation or ineffectual teaching, although these factors may further complicate the challenges faced by individuals with learning disabilities. Learning disabilities may co-exist with various conditions including attentional, behavioral and emotional disorders, sensory impairments or other medical conditions.

There are many possibilities that could be attributed to the cause of learning disabilities however, it is far more important for individuals to move forward in learning about strategies to cope and succeed.

For more information on the causes of learning disabilities please see
Neurobiological Basis of Learning Disabilities: An Overview by Dr. Christina Fiedorowicz – article on key