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Do Older Mothers Have Children With Learning Disorders
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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