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Doctor insights on: Learning Disability Vs Intellectual Disability

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If I suspect that I have a learning disability or even an intellectual disability, should I investigate this and go see a doctor?

If I suspect that I have a learning disability or even an intellectual disability, should I investigate this and go see a doctor?

Your doctor can: Refer you to a psychologist or neuropsychologist to test your cognitive & adaptive abilities. Intellectual Disability & Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in reading, written expression &/or math are both neurodevelopmental disorders that impair function before 18. A 3-generation family history, your medical, developmental, academic history & current functioning will help the examiner. ...Read more

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 is a nonverbal learning disability?

What is a nonverbal learning disability?

Rt. Hemisphere weak: Non verbal learning disability refers to weakness of skills mediated by right hemisphere of the brain. These include organization and executive function skills. People with NVLD are more dependent on left hemisphere skillls, which are language based, tend to be literal in their use of language, tend to be rigid thinkers. ...Read more

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What defines a learning disability as one?

Testing: Learning disabilities are formally diagnosed by psycheducational testing where someone with normal cognitive functioning scores > 15 points below their iq score in a particular subject. However, the term is used non-officially for someone having trouble learning a particular subject despite normal learning skills and reasonable effort. Some schools even use it for students who have general learnin. ...Read more

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How can one unblock a learning disability?

How can one unblock a learning disability?

Work around it: You cannot unblock a learing disabilty but you can know it exists and learn new ways to work around it or ways to take extra time to solve the problems. Students with LD diagnosed and tested by psychologists can get extra time on tests in school and posiibly even college. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a learning disability?

What are the signs of a learning disability?

Helpful link: This is a very informative article. I hope it helps.

http://www. Ncld. Org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/my-childs-behavior-sign-learning-disability ...Read more

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How to know if I have a learning disability?

How to know if I have a learning disability?

Time for consultatn: Educational psychologists can administer various tests that are appropriate for age that can help define a learning issue. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of learning disability?

What are the symptoms of learning disability?

Comprehension: Ld people have varying degrees of difficulty to comprehend or process information. Sometimes the input is visual, sometimes it's verbal, depending on the disability. Sometimes it's the outputs that are inefficient, as in an expressive language problem. This makes learning very trying. Accommodations really help these learners ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a learning disability?

How can I tell if I have a learning disability?

Do a LD evaluation: A clinical psychologist (or school psychologist if you are a student attending school) will give you an IQ test and an achievement test to see if there is a big discrepancy between the results of the two tests. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for a learning disability?

How do you get tested for a learning disability?

Battery of tests: There are a battery of tests that are used by professionals to determine learning style and ability. Psycho-educational, learning achievement, & social tests are standard in children. Most school systems offer these through a child study team assessment. Neurodevelopmental testing can precede or follow these tests depending on severity of the problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition of a learning disability?

What is the definition of a learning disability?

Academic weakness: A learning disability is a weakness in an academic skill such as reading = dyslexia, math=dyscalculia, organization, time management=executive function disorder ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a learning disability?

Depends on problems: To know whether a person has a learning disability, it is necessary to know what difficulty they are experiencing. Speak to your doctor about a referral to a neuropsychologist for testing or to an educational specialist. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a learning disability?

How do you know if you have a learning disability?

School: Most people with a learning disability present in school with grades or achievement less than expected for their intellect. A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with a person’s ability to store, process, or produce information. From http://www. Ldanatl. Org/new_to_ld/defining. Asp. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have a learning disability?

How do I find out if I have a learning disability?

Testing: See your doc. Evaluation by a neurodevelopmental physician, psychologist, or educational counselor will help determine the diagnosis. Usually, something shows up in school. ...Read more

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How to get tested for a learning disability as adult?

How to get tested for a learning disability as adult?

See a Speciaist: A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present. Often psychologists do these things. ...Read more

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What can someone with a learning disability do in life?

What can someone with a learning disability do in life?

WOW!: First, having a learning disability is just educational lingo for "s/he doesn't learn how most students do." none of us are perfect. The idea in life is to search out that for which you are gifted or very capable, & follow that path. For some it may be a trade, military career, or "hands on profession." for others it may be in business or sales. Or computers/math if your "ld" is language based. ...Read more

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How can I get my child tested for a learning disability?

How can I get my child tested for a learning disability?

Many Sources: See your pediatrician for guidance. Most schools have testing avaiable if needed. A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present. ...Read more

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What do I do if I think my child has a learning disability?

Consult child's Dr: First with child's pediatrician or family practitioner who will conduct preliminary evaluation and advise need to consult with a learning disability expert. Most primary care drs. Will have an expert referral, and if not, all children's hospitals should have such experts. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how does a person develop a learning disability?

I'm wondering how does a person develop a learning disability?

Inborn or acquired: LD are caused by inborn or acquired abnormalities in brain structure and function, and have a multifactorial etiology. They are not caused by eye problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Learning disability?

Inability to: 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 address their learning weaknesses. ...Read more

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At what age can you diagnose a child with a learning disability?

At what age can you diagnose a child with a learning disability?

Depends on issue: A learning disability implies a child with at least average intelligence shows a lack of ability in a specific area compaired to other kids their age. A reading disability will become evident when other kids can & they struggle. The same with math, remembering sequences of items, etc. Kids brains mature over time & new skills come in at variable rates, some have simple delays, others real problems. ...Read more

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


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