The Academic Impact of a Child’s Learning Disability at School
Learning disabilities impact a child in a multitude of ways. Children with learning disabilities typically experience difficulties with reading comprehension, as a whole, as a result of more broad-based language difficulties.
Reading and Academic Success
Since reading is foundational to academic success, it is important that specific, effective reading interventions that are directly related to language be performed. Even though interventions that concentrate on improving oral reading fluency or vocabulary have not been shown to directly increase the reading comprehension of a child with learning disabilities, there is a correlation between successful reading comprehension with oral reading fluency and vocabulary acquisition and knowledge.
As children progress through school, they may become overwhelmed by the increasing length and complexity of reading passages. Students with learning disabilities often display signs of giving up too quickly when they are faced with different challenges. Their “task endurance” for reading is a skill that is crucial for reading expository text where the reader is presented with abstract and unfamiliar concepts and often asked to identify common text structures.