”Specific Learning Disability (SLD)” means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
1) It is characterized by a severe discrepancy between the student’s current achievement and intellectual ability in one or more of the following areas:
· Basic reading skills;
· Reading comprehension;
· Oral expression;
· Listening comprehension;
· Mathematical computation;
· Mathematical reasoning; and
· Written expression.
2) The term does not apply to students who have learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, general cognitive deficits, emotional disturbance or environmental, cultural or economic disadvantage.
3) The district shall adopt procedures that utilize a statistical formula and criteria for determining severe discrepancy. Evaluation shall include assessment of current academic achievement and intellectual ability.
It is advisable for parents to review and ask the team for specific information on each test and each subtests. The subtest scores can be more valuable than the mean of scores. The numbers can provide guidance on what a child’s actual weaknesses are. Once you know the specific area of need you can focus specific attention on building in that area.