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Are Preemies More Susceptible To Learning Difficulties
Yes: This spring a former pt & 14oz premi named the "littlest angel" by local media, graduated from baylor & reminds me that even those with a troublesome start can do great. Neonatal units are not a perfect substitute for a womb & number wise there is a correlation with intensity of neonatal problems & learning problems later. Each child is unique & early childhood programs help monitor progress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A learning disorder is defined on the basis of a discrepancy between a person's overall intelligence and accomplishments in a specific area of learning such as reading or mathematics. Imagine someone with an iq of 120 (bright) who, despite adequate exposure to the subject, is reading at a level 2-3 years below age level. The combination of overall capacity and specific ...Read more
Doubt connection: Any learning disabilities suffered by a premi that survives most likely represent factors that precipitated premature delivery & the need for resuscitation & intensive care, not the ct scan. Last year my patient, "littlest angel" (14oz @ birth) graduated from the honors program at baylor in 3 yrs.It didn't slow her down. She never got real tall but she is quite a survivor. ...Read more
A lot : A learning disability implys that a person has a specific disability in acquiring the skills in a specific area consistent with their average overall performance. Reading & math are examples. Although this may lead to some stress, it is not a mental health issue. Mh issues imply that a person has difficulty with issues such as depression or psychosis. They have skills to be fine in learning. ...Read more
Degrees: Usually profound is worse than severe. Practically speaking, I am not sure that one vs the other would necessarily equate to qualifications for any distinctly different services. Sometimes, we get hung up on differences which are not so meaningful in real life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How would i be able to tell if I have a learning disability or mental problem that hasn't been diagnosed?
Have testing done: Educational psychologists have a variety of tests that screen for learning styles/disabilities as well as mental issues. Poor mental health can often impair ones ability to learn. It would be reasonable to seek clarification after you have a basic physical exam & tests to be sure no health issue is aggravating your problems. ...Read more
Many aspects: Having a mental health problem implies needing treatment for that problem. Also, depending on its severity it may impact ability to learn. Examples would be severe depression. Mania, drug abuse. And psychosis. There are also learning disabilities that are not connected to these major mental health problems, but still need help in the form of special teaching methods ; tools for the individual. ...Read more
It took me so long to memorise things in school , does this mean i ve learning disability or learning difficulty?
Where can I take a test for a learning disability? I'm 28 and having difficulty with graduate courses. I can't remember what i read.
Too late: If you had a primary learning disability, it should have been identified and managed early in your school years. If you have already gotten into graduate school, it is too late for simple help. Many psychologist can give you academic achievement tests to confirm your problem. Hopefully, this is not a progressive cognitive disorder. A thorough medical and neurological evaluation should be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Isolated problems: A learning disorder is defined on the basis of a discrepancy between a person's overall intelligence and accomplishments in a specific area of learning such as reading or mathematics. Imagine someone with an iq of 120 (bright) who, despite adequate exposure to the subject, is reading at a level 2-3 years below age level. The combination of overall capacity and specific deficiency is the key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical/educational: Hie effects vary-so i can't give you specific advice. You need a team approach-a pediatrician experienced with developmental/educational areas should serve as your medical home-and guide you to various specialists like pt, ot, speech therapy, etc. Utilize early access programs, area educational agency, etc. If local doctor unsure, ask for a referal to a university center and/or developmental ped. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe,maybe not : Much depends on how early and what if any complications occurred along the way. Most premis fall into the 34-37 week range, most of who will be normal. Those born at 24-28 wks are much more likely to have problems. One of my smallest newborns (14 oz) graduated from the honors program at Baylor a few years ago, so I each kid is different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ability/achievement: Intellectual disability (mr) is classically defined as having an overall iq of <70 with low scores in social/adaptive functioning in 3/10 areas (ability to function independently in society). A learning disaabilty is an unexpected difficulty learning in a child with an average to above average iq. Classically, achievement scores are 15 points or greater less than iq in reading, writing or math. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type of problem: Learning disorders relate to specific areas of function such as reading or math in which the person has greater difficulties than expected for that person's overall intelligence. Mental problems refer to behaviors and feelings such as depression, anxiety, adhd, severe tantrums, etc. One certainly can have both. ...Read more
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