Talk:learning difficulties

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Difficult to define as it's a sensitive term. I'm doubtful over my own "medically recognized", I think that's medically correct but people don't always use it that way. Anyone think they can do better? Just edit the article! Mglovesfun (talk) 17:59, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

In the US, according to a quick look at COCA, learning disability/learning disabilities is much more common than this. Less common than this are "learning difficulty/ies", "learning disorder(s)", and "learning difference(s)". The last is about as euphemistic as one could get. In the US "special" has become pejorative in related contexts because it was used euphemistically. See ride the short bus for another related example. In many of these areas, there is clinical recognition of a disorder, but little consistency in diagnosis as there were (as of 5 years ago, anyway) no diagnostic tests for some purported cognitive difficulties (eg, ADHD). DCDuring TALK 23:02, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
I don't think they are all synonyms, but as you pointed out, the usage is really inconsistent which makes a dictionary definition hard. Mglovesfun (talk) 23:05, 8 December 2009 (UTC)