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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anyone ever hear of nonverbal learning disorder?

Anyone ever hear of nonverbal learning disorder?

Yes: These are more common in young children. You should seak a child psychologist or a child psychiatrist who specializes in learning disabilities and they will be better able to explain whether someone has it and how to deal with it. ...Read more

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Is dyslexia the same thing as a learning disorder?

Is dyslexia the same thing as a learning disorder?

One Type: Learning disorders are broken down into multiple categories that involve many fields. Dyslexia is one specific learning disorder. So to be technical, they are not the "same thing". Dyslexia is a form of learning disorder, but not all learning disorders are dyslexia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

What is the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

Close cousins: Learning disorders are neurological problems that affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. They show up from childhood ; persist over time, yet can be helped with certain kinds of educational therapies. Mental illnesses can affect perception also, but are accompanied by disturbances in mood or behavior. They can require medication for treatment. ...Read more