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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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What causes learning disabilities?

What causes learning disabilities?

LD: Ld such as dyslexia, is linked to certain genes that control how the brain developed. It is inherited. ...Read more

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Any medications that can cause learning disabilities if overused or taken in large does?

Any medications that can cause learning disabilities if overused or taken in large does?

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

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Food additives - do you think it's possible that food additives cause add or learning disabilities?

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 more

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Could chemotherapy cause learning disabilities?

Could chemotherapy cause learning disabilities?

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 more

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Can aromatherapy cause learning disabilities?

Can aromatherapy cause learning disabilities?

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 more

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Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

It is possible: There have been studies to show that things such as the ability to multitask can be impaired by chemotherapy. There are other issues with hormonal blocking medicines in some patients as well. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy does that cause nld nonverbal learning disabilities.

I have epilepsy does that cause nld nonverbal learning disabilities.

Possibly: If you epilepsy involves the right hemisphere of the brain and you have active seizure discharges coming from a focus in the right hemisphere, you may experience some symptoms of a non verbal learning disability ...Read more

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What medication can cause learning disabilities if given in pregnancy?

What medication can cause learning disabilities if given in pregnancy?

Valproate: Valproic acid tops the list; it's used for epilepsy and, most recently, for anxiety. Other older epilepsy drugs also are associated with some degree of learning disorders. ...Read more

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Can gestational diabetes cause learning disabilities in the baby?

Can gestational diabetes cause learning disabilities in the baby?

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

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


Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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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