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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
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
What is the difference between someone having learning difficulties and having mental health problems?
These often overlap: Mental health (mh) diagnoses include learning difficulties (e.g. Adhd), but many other mh disorders can cause learning problems, e.g. Concentration/memory impairment is a symptom of depression. Though in my mind, subnormal IQ is not a mh disorder per se (though the dsm includes "borderline intellectual functioning"), it does explain most of what we label as "learning difficulties" in children. ...Read more
What is his cycle?: Learning disorders that interferes with a person's ability to store, process, or produce information, and creates a gap between one's ability and performance. Individuals with learning disabilities may suffer from problems with speech, language, reading, mathematics, concentration, or reasoning. Falling off a "cycle" (whatever you are referring to) should not have any major issues. ...Read more
The answer is: A significant difficulty in one specific area below the person's over skills. For example an average iq person who is two standard deviations below in math but not reading. Or a bright person who is slow in reading but nothing else. Or a person who is borderline iq with a serioous problem in one area only. It is best to have this tested by a psychologist. ...Read more
Not structural: Functional vs. Structural/anatomic is a dichotomization that used to be popular but getting outdated. It used to be that if there is no detectable brain lesion, then a disease is considered "functional". For example, brain tumor is not a functional disorder while depression is. Advances in brain imaging technology increasingly show structural changes in all brain disorders. ...Read more
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