In their Keeping Kids Healthy column, UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly write about the three different types of reading disabilities. “Learning disabilities are best defined as the failure of the child to learn subject matter despite adequate intelligence, instruction and motivation. Although learning disabilities can occur in mathematics, written expression, language problems and information processing, most children with a learning disability have a problem with learning to read. … Reading is important, and teaching your child should start no later than 6 weeks of age. Read to your child every day. It doesn’t have to be for long periods of time. Use descriptive words for familiar objects such as ‘round red ball.’”