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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Learning Disorders (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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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

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Do additive chemicals like msg cause learning disabilities and alzheimer's?

Do additive chemicals like msg cause learning disabilities and alzheimer's?

Maybe: There is no definitive proof that msg or similar chemicals cause alzheimer's or other neurodegenerative disorders. ...Read more

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Can head CT scans in an infant cause radiation and learning disabilities?

Can head CT scans in an infant cause radiation and 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 more

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Can drug use cause autism or any learning disability from father?

Can drug use cause autism or any learning disability from father?

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

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If a child eats too much metal (coins) can this cause them to have learning disabilities?

If a child eats too much metal (coins) can this cause them to have learning disabilities?

Why are they eating: Coins? This should be checked out and stopped in an appropriate way. It sounds like pica, but still why is the child eating coins at all. See a psychologist and a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Could the smushy spot on my baby's head cause him to have a learning disability?

Could the smushy spot on my baby's head cause him to have a learning disability?

No: There is sometimes a squishy area on a baby's scalp following birth which is due to a small blood collection under the covering of the bone (called the periosteum). This will calcify and become part of the skull. It does not lead to learning disabilities. ...Read more

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What are the chances cranial radiation therapy (8 days medium-high dosage) could cause permanent mental damage and learning disabilities?

What are the chances cranial radiation therapy (8 days medium-high dosage) could cause permanent mental damage and learning disabilities?

Remote: Radiation therapy is widely used for treating brain cancers. More than 90% of the people have no serious sequelae. There is some small chance of late effects but only after full dose radiotherapy given over 3-4 weeks of daily treatments. So you should be fine. ...Read more

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Can having a learning disability also cause depression in a young teen?

Can having a learning disability also cause depression in a young teen?

Anything that makes: Us feel different or particular less able than others can make us feel depressed. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Learning Disability (Definition)

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


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