What Causes Learning Disabilities?
Experts aren’t exactly sure what causes learning disabilities. In fact, there is often no apparent cause for LD. LD may be due to heredity. Often learning disabilities run in families. Children with LD are likely to have parents or other relatives with similar difficulties.
Problems during pregnancy and birth. An illness or injury during or before birth may cause an LD. Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, low birth weight, lack of oxygen and premature or prolonged labor may also lead to an LD.
Incidents after birth. Serious illness, head injuries, poor nutrition and exposure to toxins such as lead can contribute to LD.
Learning disabilities are not caused by economic disadvantage or cultural differences, nor are they the result of lack of educational opportunity. That said, children who are denied timely and effective instruction during critical times during their development are at high risk for showing signs of LD during the school years and beyond.
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