Chapter 5: Specific Learning Disabilities**Video about “How Difficult Can This Be?” – Dr. Richard LaVoieNOTES FOR BRIEF LECTURE:1. Overview of SLD:A. Most common area of special education 40 – 50% of students with disabilities are placed in this category. B. Tremendous growth in this diagnosis since 1975 – start of IDEA. Many reasons, including that some places had to begin treating the students as individuals with disabilities, rather than ignoring them.C. Often a “hidden handicap” – many students do a good job at covering up, avoiding tasks that show their deficits – some develop behavior problems that take the attention away from the learning inefficiency. Female students are often diagnosed later in their school years, if at all, sometimes by self-referral.D. Defined statewide in some areas, otherwise local districts are left to come up with a specific definition. Common for a student to be labeled in one district and NOT be eligible in thenext district.E. Often presumed to be some subtle level of brain dysfunction.