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Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Psychoeducational : Testing can diagnose learning disabilities. Find a psychologist who does said testing. It is worth the time and money. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Learning Disorders (Definition)

as ADHD, which is an undifferentiated, attention-based learning disability all by itself. LD's usually come in two main varieties, although there are thousands of subtypes. Visual LD's involve a disturbance/limitation in encoding, organizing and decoding visual information, usually seen in reading. Auditory LD's are the same ony with information taken in with the ears. ...Read more


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Book for learning disabilities/adhd teen?

Book for learning disabilities/adhd  teen?

Check out websites: There are excellent websites such as chadd.Org or www.Ldanatl.Org/. The former is for adhd, the latter for learning disabilities. Both have lots of wonderful materials for parents. ...Read more

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Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Yes: Among many other government mandated suggestions, your general physician has been asked to screen his older patients for early signs of cognitive decline. ...Read more

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What is a nonverbal learning disability?

Rt. hemisphere weak: Non verbal learning disability refers to weakness of skills mediated by right hemisphere of the brain. These include organization and executive function skills. People with NVLD are more dependent on left hemisphere skillls, which are language based, tend to be literal in their use of language, tend to be rigid thinkers. ...Read more

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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Why do so many children get diagnosed  with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read more

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Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

It isn't. 70% of : cases of ADHD have one or more comorbid neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorder. ADHD is an "Other Health Impairment" eligible for classroom modifications under Section 504 of the ADA. 3-tiered Response To Intervention is for kids with lower & slower academic progress. Evaluation for an Individualized Educational Plan under IDEA determines needed changes in curriculum when RTI doesn't help ...Read more

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Is ADHD a type of learning disability?

Is ADHD a type of learning disability?

Actually, hmmm: Not in a strict medical sense, no. But a major problem with adhd kids is their inability to process information efficiently, be attentive to it, and inhibit extraneous stimuli. This combination usually leads to academic ineptitude or failure by high school. Many inattentive adhd kids are called ld for this reason, when in fact they are adhd. Ld can also occur as comorbidity with adhd. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Sometimes: Some forms of LD, such as certain types of dyslexia, are clearly inherited, others are not. Its always useful to ask about relatives, especially parents when evaluated LD> ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities a risk for depression?

Are learning disabilities a risk for depression?

Possibly.: A few studies have shown a co-occurrence of learning disabilities and depression. Whether there is a causal relationship between them is not entirely clear at this time. ...Read more

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Can procrastinating be considered a learning disability?

Can procrastinating be considered a learning disability?

No: Procrastinating is a behavior. It may be a personality trait, but it is not a builty-in problem with the way the brain processes informatoin, which is the definition of an ld. Procrastination certainly may be one way individuals react to ld--we tend to put off that which we know is going to be difficult. ...Read more

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Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Yes: premature infants are at risk for learning disabilities. Many academic programs have follow up programs which include developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and developmental psychologists, who can evaluate and help manage former premies who have learning problems. ...Read more

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When can a child with autism receive SSI disability income?

When can a child with autism receive SSI disability income?

Depends: Hard to answer with any degree of specificity in this kind of forum. Depends on age, family income, severity of illness, etc. Here's a good resource: http://www.Child-autism-parent-cafe.Com/social-security.Html. ...Read more

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Will SSI qualify someone w/ a diagnosis of " global developmental delays" ?

Will SSI qualify someone w/ a diagnosis of " global developmental delays" ?

Depends: Often children with global developmental delay will be eligible for ssi, mostly because there are often underlying problems as well medically, all of which will mean the family will be involved with alot of specialty care. ...Read more

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How to help a kid with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder?

How to help a kid with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder?

Proper Expert Help: Unfortunately some children are born with immaturities of the brain that may lead to both add(h) and learning disabilities. With proper help, these can generally be dealt with.Schools should provide special needs based teaching, while pediatricians and psych specialists may be able to help with other aspects such as medication and diagnosis. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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What causes learning disabilities?

What causes learning disabilities?

LD: Ld such as dyslexia, is linked to certain genes that control how the brain developed. It is inherited. ...Read more

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How to get tested for a learning disability as adult?

How to get tested for a learning disability as adult?

See a Speciaist: A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present. Often psychologists do these things. ...Read more

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Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Yes: Among many other government mandated suggestions, your general physician has been asked to screen his older patients for early signs of cognitive decline. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor can prescribe testing for a learning disability?

Which type of doctor can prescribe testing for a learning disability?

Psychologist: I refer patients with suspected learning disability to psychologist for a psychological evaluation. These patients can be referred by any primary care provider. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor can prescribe testing for a learning disability? Where would you then go for testing?

What kind of doctor can prescribe testing for a learning disability?  Where would you then go for testing?

Many: Your family doctor usually directs the care you receive and the specialists you see. Testing psychologists may perform some of the evaluation, as could a neurologist or developmentalist. Speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and educational specialists may also be involved. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for a learning disability?

How do you get tested for a learning disability?

Battery of tests: There are a battery of tests that are used by professionals to determine learning style and ability. Psycho-educational, learning achievement, & social tests are standard in children. Most school systems offer these through a child study team assessment. Neurodevelopmental testing can precede or follow these tests depending on severity of the problem. ...Read more

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How can I get my child tested for a learning disability?

How can I get my child tested for a learning disability?

Many Sources: See your pediatrician for guidance. Most schools have testing avaiable if needed.A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get tested for a learning disability that is mild?

To get tested: To get tested for a learning disabilty mild or severe you need to find two or three good psychologists in your area who do this work regularly and ask them. The mildness ofmthe disability does not mean it will cost les it could cost more. Mild ld may be harder to pinpoint and may take more time to find. A related question is why are your trying to find this ld? What difficulty does it present? ...Read more

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Do I have a learning disability? I'm an adult now, so would it matter anyway?

Do I have a learning disability? I'm an adult now, so would it matter anyway?

It Matters: A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present. Often a psychologist does these things. It matters if such a disability hinders your job performance or interpersonal relationships. It may be like trying to function with 1 arm tied behind your back. ...Read more

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How can an adult overcome a learning disability he's had for so long?

How can an adult overcome a learning disability he's had for so long?

Let's talk: The type, severity, & pervasiveness of the ld will determine its treatment. Obviously, the ld needs to be described & appropriate interventions made. Yes, it's possible to overcome a long standing ld if the patient has the desire and fortitude to try. Many appropriate accommodations occur in ld patients, some of which they are entirely unaware of. Seek help from developmental doc & therapists. ...Read more

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I had learning disability since childhood now I am adult I have develop nervous probelm. I am easily distracted worry about everything.

I had learning disability since childhood now I am adult I have develop nervous probelm. I am easily distracted worry about everything.

Anxiety is treatable: Some children with learning disabilities ( such as ADD) continue to have symptoms as adults. Some children's problems improve as they become adult. But for others, the childhood difficulties led to on-going distress, sometimes anxiety or depression.Treatment can help. Please speak to you doctor, your local medical society or your insurance company for help finding a mental health professional. ...Read more

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I am an adult struggling to find happiness and meaningful career. I have non-verbal learning disability and i want to find a psychologist or career counselor. Where should I look? I'm in nyc.

I am an adult struggling to find happiness and meaningful career.  I have non-verbal learning disability and i want to find a psychologist or career counselor.  Where should I look? I'm in nyc.

Dr. Lee & The LDANYC: U might find it helpful 2 read about atlanta resident, christopher lee. After learning ways 2 bypass his own learning disabilities in his adult years, he earned a pH.D. In psychology! his website: http://bit.Ly/1612xjm >> consider contacting the learning disabilities association of nyc. The organization helps connect adults & older teens 2 resources available in the city. Url: http://ldanyc.Org. ...Read more

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If you have meningitis as a child can you suffer from learning disabilities as an adult?

If you have meningitis as a child can you suffer from learning disabilities as an adult?

Yes: Depending on how severe the infection was, a child can have brain damage resulting in many problems including learning differences. ...Read more

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Do people who had meningitis as a child usually end up suffering from learning disabilities as an adult?

Do people who had meningitis as a child usually end up suffering from learning disabilities as an adult?

Depends: It depends on the type of meningitis, the age during the illness, ANS the severity of the illness. Uncomplicated viral meningitis should leave no long term symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a nonverbal learning disability?

Rt. hemisphere weak: Non verbal learning disability refers to weakness of skills mediated by right hemisphere of the brain. These include organization and executive function skills. People with NVLD are more dependent on left hemisphere skillls, which are language based, tend to be literal in their use of language, tend to be rigid thinkers. ...Read more

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What defines a learning disability as one?

Testing: Learning disabilities are formally diagnosed by psycheducational testing where someone with normal cognitive functioning scores > 15 points below their iq score in a particular subject. However, the term is used non-officially for someone having trouble learning a particular subject despite normal learning skills and reasonable effort. Some schools even use it for students who have general learnin. ...Read more

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How can one unblock a learning disability?

How can one unblock a learning disability?

Work around it: You cannot unblock a learing disabilty but you can know it exists and learn new ways to work around it or ways to take extra time to solve the problems. Students with ld diagnosed and tested by psychologists can get extra time on tests in school and posiibly even college. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a learning disability?

Helpful link: This is a very informative article. I hope it helps. http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/my-childs-behavior-sign-learning-disability ...Read more

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How to know if I have a learning disability?

How to know if I have a learning disability?

Time for consultatn: Educational psychologists can administer various tests that are appropriate for age that can help define a learning issue. ...Read more

Learning Disability (Definition)

process information at a level commensurate with intellectual ability. For example, a person with normal intelligence reading well below grade level or unable to perform age and grade appropriate math problems. There are many forms of LEARNING DISABILITIES . Federal law requires that every child with a learning disability receive educational services that will ...Read more


Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Learning Disability (Definition)

process information at a level commensurate with intellectual ability. For example, a person with normal intelligence reading well below grade level or unable to perform age and grade appropriate math problems. There are many forms of LEARNING DISABILITIES . Federal law requires that every child with a learning disability receive educational services that will ...Read more