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Causes Of Learning Disability
I have epilepsy but my partner does not. My Seizures causes a learning disability. Is there a chance that my child will have a learning a disability too?
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
It is possible: Certain chemotherapy medications can have long term side effects, including learning disabilities. If a child required radiation therapy of their brain as part of their treatment regimen, this can have the most drastic effect on learning. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/lateeffects/healthprofessional/page4. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Anticonvulsants (for seizures or migraine), antihistamines, sedatives, analgesics (pain relievers), opiates, alcohol, antidepressants, lipid drugs (for high cholesterol), chemotherapy, antipsychotics, illicit drugs, particularly marijuana. If you are using medication and feel your ability to learn is impeded, please discuss with prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Food additives - do you think it's possible that food additives cause add or learning disabilities?
Maybe: Some people, particularly younger children, are supersensitive to artificial dyes, flavors or preservatives. Most docs believe that adhd and ld are inherited or caused by brain injury. But these are just the brains that are more susceptible to adverse effects from these ingredients. It's best to discuss this with your doc using your observations to help limit (or not) the child's diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Whether aromoatherapies have any major benefits is a topic for someone else to discuss, but they certainly do not cause--or help--learning disabilities. There is no suggestion that they have any impact on brain structure or function, and learning disabilities definitely result from parts of the brain not functioning as we would like them to. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A study in British: Medical journal cited tests implying that adhd and perhaps learning disabilities may be more common among children born to mothers with gestational diabetes. However, the differences in the results of these tests tended to disappear in the older index group children. The significance is uncertain and further study is necessary. Seek evaluation for any concerns. Best regards. ...Read more
Growing up I had many ortho surgeries, I was prescribed potent painkillers over a 10 yr span. Can the use during that time cause learning disabilities?
Not exactly: A ct is by definition 'radiation', since it is a series of xrays computer reconstructed as sliced pictures of body tissues. It doesn't cause radiation but exposes the person to radiation. Modern ones may expose one to an amount similar to a transcontinental flight over the usa. Repeat exposure is a current topic of concern, but no specific learning disorder has been identified as connected to this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Any drug use by the father is not associated with increased risk of autism or genetic disorders in his children. Multiple exposures of the mother during pregnancy have been associated with increased risk of autism. Recently low vitamin D levels and folate in the first trimester have been implicated. ...Read more
What are the chances cranial radiation therapy (8 days medium-high dosage) could cause permanent mental damage and learning disabilities?
If a child is born premature, will that child develop learning disabilities? What causes a child to be a slow learner and how to be a fast learner?
Different outcomes: I know some very smart kids who were very premature and some very dumb kids who were term. There's more to it than just those things. Certainly, the more premature, the more at risk for learning problems, but it doesn't mandate the child will have problems. Also, the earlier you intervene with lots of interactive, 1:1 learning activities, reading to child and interactive play, more child learns! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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