Learning Disability Facts to Consider
The goal at AIM Academy is to share the understanding of early indicators of potential issues in language and learning to read so that parents can begin to address these issues as early as possible. If children begin to receive the proper instruction before third grade, up to 95% of these children can maintain grade level performance in reading, writing, and math later in their academic careers.
- It is estimated that 4 million children have learning disabilities. (National Institute of Health)
- Nearly 2.9 million students are classified as having specific learning disabilities:
- According to the National Institute of Health, 15% of the U.S. population has significant difficulty learning to read.
- More boys than girls are diagnosed with learning disabilities, although some studies show no significant different between the number of boys and girls identified with dyslexia.
- Two-thirds of secondary students with learning disabilities are reading three or more grade levels below their peers. (National Longitudinal Transition Study, 2003)
- More than 27% of children with learning disabilities drop out of high school (24th annual report to congress, 2002)
- There is no causal link between learning disabilities and substance abuse; however, the risk factors for adolescent substance abuse are very similar to the behavioral effects of LD, such as reduced self-esteem and academic difficulty. (National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, 1999)