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A processing disorder refers to a problem that people with learning disabilities have attending to, decoding or recalling information needed to perform more complex cognitive tasks such as understanding what others say, reading, writing or doing math. Processing disorders involve the basic tasks necessary to get the information in a form that is usable by the person's thinking processes. An example would be a when a person does not accurately reproduce, in their head, the sounds that make up what people say to them; as when a "b" sounds like a "p". This disorder, known as a phonological disorder, will mean that a person will not hear in his head the sounds that they read on the page. Some of the processing disorders identified by LDOnLine are auditory discrimination, auditory memory, visual closure and visual discrimination, to name a few.

A processing disorder is not a sensory disorder such as blindness, or deafness.

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