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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Learning Disorders

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Do older mothers somehow lead to or cause learning disorders in child?

Do older mothers somehow lead to or cause learning disorders in child?

Not likely: I am not aware of specific research. Personal experience as a pediatrician, father of four, and husband of a wife who was very involved in mops and other mother-child groups for many years, leads me to think older moms may be able to better recognize learning differences and to work with them, than younger or less experienced mothers. ...Read more

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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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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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Could exposure to agent orange to a child's dad or grandfather cause learning disorders in future generations?

No: Probably not. It is remotely possible if the father was exposed. But, more than likely, not if the grandfather. "learning disorders" in most, but not all, cases, are hard to define, and are usually not caused by one factor, but by many. ...Read more

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Visual learning disorder, what could cause this? Genetics? Environmental factors?

Visual learning disorder, what could cause this? Genetics? Environmental factors?

Non-verbal learning: Disability is far less common than language-based ld's &is found in about 6% of students. Non-verbal learning disorders are brain-based, not eye-based. They may impact executive functions (reasoning, mental flexibility, problem-solving) as well as visual-perceptual &visual-motor tasks, whether isolated or as a manifestion of hydrocephalus, autistic spectrum disorder 1 &some genetic syndromes. ...Read more

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How are learning disorders diagnosed?

Performance based: As a kid progresses through the education process they are assessed regularly by teachers who become aware of a kids strengths & weaknesses. When a kid falls behind his/her peer group in reading, math or other skills, individual testing will reveal those who have specific deficits in areas.Performance in one area far below that expected for their general performance level (iq) defines a ld. ...Read more

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What are some common learning disorders?

Several: Ld is defined on the basis of a major gap between a person's overall intelligence and his/her ability in a specific academic domain. Named ones are reading disorder (dyslexia), mathematics disorder, and disorder of written expression. There also is ld not otherwise specified, for those with problems not captured by the above. It can't be because of lack of opportunity to learn. ...Read more

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Does anyone work with a learning disorder?

Team approach: Learning disorders are treated with tutoring for the particular disorder but most times there are other conditions that occur with it like adhd, speech and language disorders and other conditions which should be treated. Consult a child/adolescent psychiatrist, your child's pediatrician or developmental pediatrician for help in coordinating the care you need. ...Read more

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What are the most common learning disorders?

Reading and math: The most commonly identified specific learning disabilities are reading and math. One can also see disabilities in spelling, language arts and secondarily in subjects like science and social studies. There are also individuals with a disability in graphic writing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a learning disorder?

What are the symptoms of a learning disorder?

LD= difficulty: A learning disability implys that a person is having difficulty with a specific area of learning that is inconsistent with his/her basic intellect. In kids it implys that s/he has fallen behind her/his peer group at the age when understanding that material (i.e.Reading) is expected. The kid with a low iq has trouble across many areas & would not be so labeled. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

Requires Testing: A formal diagnosis of learning disorder requires a psychological evaluation that includes educational testing. ...Read more

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How could i know if I have learning disorder?

Get tested: You need psychological testing to find that out for sure. ...Read more

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What exactly is a nonverbal learning disorder?

Visual spatial realm: Non-verbal learning disorder is similar to visual perceptual disability. The problem is dealing with visual/spatial ordering, organization, problem solving, comprehension, sequencing or attention. Being unable to understand things in space and time, but having no problem in language (or verbal) based processing. Certain conditions have this as prime symptom such as turner's syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to permanently cure a learning disorder?

Is it possible to permanently cure  a learning disorder?

Not currently: Ld is a chronic disorder for which a range of treatments can provide signficant benefits, but we don't have any cures for the underlying problem. Think of it as being near-sighted: glasses can make vision just fine, but you're still near-sighted. That said, effective interventions can make life much, much easier. ...Read more

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Mental health problems from learning disorders. Is this so?

Possibly: Depending of the level of impairment of a learning disorder, there may be significant stress that can trigger or exacerbate psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression. In addition, psychiatric disorders such as adhd may masquerade as learning disorders. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Learning disorders?

LD's often present: 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. People can have both ...Read more

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Can people get tested to see if they have a learning disorder?

Yes: If school age, then see the school district for testing. If you want to pay, then see a psychologist who does the testing. In our area, it costs $600-800 for the testing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to permanently cure someone with a learning disorder?

Is it possible to permanently cure someone with a learning disorder?

No: By learning disorder you mean a learning disability, then no, it's not curable. Ld is a neurological condition that impedes (some or all of) a person's ability to read, write, speak, spell, do math, & reason. It also affects a person’s attention, memory, coordination, social skills & emotional maturity. These can be treated but not cured. ...Read more

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Do some people have big problems at work due to a learning disorder?

Do some people have big problems at work due to a learning disorder?

Work and LD: Yes. Depending upon the disability, one might choose a career in which reading was not required and more of a hand's on approach was required. Similar occurences might exist with math, writing, spelling, etc. ...Read more

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Is there an age when learning disorders typically present themselves?

Is there an age when learning disorders typically present themselves?

When skills needed: The educational system gradually places more work requirements as kids age. Until kids need to show competance in areas such as reading or math the child with a selective learning disability may not show any signs.The early school years are heavy on social skills and cooperation & kids with good auditory & visual memory may compensate for weaknesses in other areas for a while but they will emerge. ...Read more

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Please point me to where i can go to get help for a learning disorder?

LD & help: Problems with learning & applying information interfere with their daily lives. Often, these individuals are not aware that they have learning disabilities. Many struggle for years to learn or perform certain basic tasks without understanding the reason for their difficulties. When they finally discover the cause of their problems is a learning disability, they are relieved. Response to Intervention—A Primer for Parents response-to-intervention-mother-helps-son-with-workResponse to Intervention (RTI) is not a new idea. In fact, features of this approach to teaching have been around for more than 20 years under names like Teacher Assistance Team Model, Pre-Referral Intervention Model, Mainstream Assistance Team Model, School-Based Consultation Team Model, and Multi-Tier Problem-Solving Model. Simply stated, RTI is an approach to instruction that combines the art and science of teaching, allows for (and encourages) creativity and innovation, and is solidly grounded in data-based decision-making (a very good thing!). ...Read more