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At what age can you diagnose a child with a learning disability?

At what age can you diagnose a child with a learning disability?

Depends on issue: A learning disability implies a child with at least average intelligence shows a lack of ability in a specific area compaired to other kids their age. A reading disability will become evident when other kids can & they struggle. The same with math, remembering sequences of items, etc. Kids brains mature over time & new skills come in at variable rates, some have simple delays, others real problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Learning Disorders (Definition)

A learning disorder or learning disability is a condition in which a person (usually a child) has trouble reading, understanding, working with, or producing speech with words, sentences, paragraphs, ...Read more


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At what age can I see if my child has a learning disability when it comes to language?

At what age can I see if my child has a learning disability when it comes to language?

Almost any age: You must continue to observe your child's language development over time. A 4 month old should be babbling with multiple vowel sounds and occasional consanants. By 8-9 months, your child should use initial consanants with repetitive syllables. By 10 months, he should truncate to short words. By 12 months, expect 2-3 words, and by 15 months 5-10. The evolution is continuous, and you can follow. ...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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What do I do if I think my child has a learning disability?

What do I do if I think my child has a learning disability?

Consult child's Dr: First with child's pediatrician or family practitioner who will conduct preliminary evaluation and advise need to consult with a learning disability expert. Most primary care drs. Will have an expert referral, and if not , all children's hospitals should have such experts. ...Read more

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What IQ does my child have to have in order to have a learning disability?

What IQ does my child have to have in order to have a learning disability?

Not defined by IQ: The concept of a learning disability implies a child has an IQ in a normal range but has a decreased ability to handle a specified learning process compaired to age equivalent kids. This can be weakness in reading, math, memory for sequences, etc.. Individualized test can detect strengths & weaknesses and are the starting point for deciding how to help them. Low IQ implies weakness in everything. ...Read more

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If a child was born premature can they end up with a learning disability?

If a child was born premature can they end up with a learning disability?

More likely : The more premature a baby is, the higher the risk for learning, behavior, or attention problems. ...Read more

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My child CMV when born, how would she be tested to see if the CMV had affect on her learning disability. She is 8yrs and she is at a level of a 2yrs?

My child CMV when born,  how would she be tested to see if the CMV had affect on her learning disability.  She is 8yrs and she is at a level of a 2yrs?

If she had symptoms: (was ill) & had a positive urine culture for CMV the 1st wk. Of life, there's a 90-95% chance that congenital CMV caused her intellectual disability (i.D.). If she wasn't ill, but had a + urine for CMV the 1st wk., the chance is 10-20%. At 8 yrs., a small head + calcifications/other brain abnormalities on a ct scan & hearing/vision impairments implicate congenital CMV as the cause of her i.D. ...Read more

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I need to know when both parents have a learning disability, what are the odds that their child may, too?

I need to know when both parents have a learning disability, what are the odds that their child may, too?

Significant: Learning disabilities often run in families. They should not be confused with other disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, deafness, blindness, and behavioral disorders. None of these conditions are learning disabilities. Because learning disabilities cannot be seen, they often go undetected. Recognizing a learning disability is even more difficult because the severity and characteristics vary. ...Read more

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Why does my child have learning disabilities? What went wrong?

Don't always Know: Lds are essentially birth defects. Causes are generally unknown. We do know that substance abuse during pregnancy may cause problems. Also there is a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Learning Disability (Definition)

Learning disabilities are clinical findings in which a person has difficulty learning new information or skills, often due to problems ...Read more


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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more