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Are learning disorders in a kid a sign of prior child abuse?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
No: Learning disorders are caused by many things. But, child abuse, for the most part, is not one of them.
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
I have found that severe abuse and neglect in the first 2 years of life can be associated with learning problems and school difficulties of a variety of kinds. The brain is still developing in the first 2 years of life and maltreatment can interfere with brain development.
Oct 9, 2012
Dr. Stephen Perret
Child Psychiatry 16 years experience
Probably not: Learning disorders are almost never directly the result of prior child abuse.
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology 33 years experience
Not so simple : Common causes are heredity and prenatal or perinatal complications. However, child abuse deending on type and severity can impact the developing brain and lead to neurodevelopmental problems especially in cases of severe abuse or neglect. These can be complicated by head injuries, "shaken baby syndrome" malnutrition, etc. But one can't assume abuse if there is learning disorder.
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