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Are preemies more susceptible to learning difficulties than other children?

Are preemies more susceptible to learning difficulties than other children?

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 more

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Learning Difficulties (Definition)

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


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Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

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

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What causes learning difficulties? How to avoid of get a learning difficulty?

What causes learning difficulties? How to avoid of get a learning difficulty?

Don't know: We do not what causes learning disorders. There are many theories. This is probably organic in nature and taking care of yourself is probably the best way to avoid this problem. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how learning disability and mental health problem differ?

Can you please tell me how learning disability and mental health problem differ?

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

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How do a severe and a profound learning disability/difficulty differ from one another?

How do a severe and a profound learning disability/difficulty differ from one another?

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 more

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How would i be able to tell if I have a learning disability or mental problem that hasn't been diagnosed?

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

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Please explain what are the implications of having a mental health problem & learning disability?

Please explain what are the implications of having a mental health problem & learning disability?

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

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It took me so long to memorise things in school , does this mean i ve learning disability or learning difficulty?

It took me so long to memorise things in school , does this mean i ve learning disability or learning difficulty?

Learning problem: You might want to make an appointment with a psycologist. He could administer tests to see if you have a learning disability asopposed to a kearning difficulty. ...Read more

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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 more

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What is the definition or description of: learning difficulties?

What is the definition or description of: learning difficulties?

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 more

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Does Petit mal cause learning difficulties?

Does Petit mal cause learning difficulties?

Yes.: It can be confused with attention deficit disorder also. It is treatable, though. See a primary care doctor or neurologist for more help and treatment. ...Read more

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Do teenagers with hypogonadism have learning difficulties?

Do teenagers with hypogonadism have learning difficulties?

No: Not that i recall unless the cause of hypgonadism is a know genetic disorder such as turners or noonan syndrome. ...Read more

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How can I help my son who is having learning difficulties after hie?

How can I help my son who is having learning difficulties after hie?

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 more

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I would like to know how does Petit mal causes Learning difficulties?

Intermittent: The seizures interrupt the patient's life for brief intervals during which he or she may be trying to learn. In that sense, it impairs learning, sort of like sleeping in class for brief moments or not paying attention. ...Read more

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Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Snoring: Yes. Snoring in children means that they are not getting enough oxygen. This affects brain function. See an ENT to evaluate airway- tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum etc. Allergies may also play a role. ...Read more

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Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

Are prematurely born children more likely to have learning difficulties in school?

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 more

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Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

Where does one draw the line between 'learning difficulties' and 'mental retardation'?

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 more

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What is the difference between someone with learning difficulties and mental problems?

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