Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is a difference in brain structure that affects an individual’s ability to receive, process or express information. As a result, the individual may have difficulty learning to read, write or do math, despite being of average to above average intelligence. In addition, social skills can be impacted.

Some signs commonly associated with a learning disability are:

  • Inconsistent school performance
  • Poor reading, writing, spelling or arithmetic skills
  • Personal disorganization
  • Failure on written tests, but high score on oral exams
  • Language problems
  • Difficulty following and understanding instructions, unless they are broken down into one or two tasks at a time
  • Poor auditory or visual short-term memory

Some of these problems can be found in all children at certain stages of development, but when a child has a cluster of these symptoms which do not disappear as the child get older, you might suspect a severe learning disability.

Application for learning disability services can be made through the Community of Schools process as soon as the student is diagnosed. The diagnosis should be brought to the attention of the student’s teacher and/or principal. Consultative service is available at all grade levels for students identified as having a learning disability. The initial consultation involves reviewing the student’s file, contacting the guardian(s) and meeting with the teacher(s) to discuss strategies and adaptations.

Please visit the SSRSB Learning Disabilities website at  http://ssrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/ldservices/

Please contact:
Stacey Kosiba
Learning Disability Facilitator
Phone: (902) 521-6916
Email: skosiba@ssrce.ca

Elizabeth Burridge
Email: eburridge@ssrce.ca
Phone: (902) 930-1756

Andrea Conrad
Learning Disability Facilitator
Phone: 902-521-5904
Email: aconrad@ssrce.ca