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What can l do to help my son he has add, adhd, & a learning disorder? He takes no medicine. It's hard to teach him. What can l do its hard to reach him

What can l do to help my son he has add, adhd, & a learning disorder? He takes no medicine. It's hard to teach him. What can l do its hard to reach him

Professional consult: Children with add, adhd, and/or LD can be very challenging. Since I do not know your son's age or grade, I do not know what the school's involvement is; has the teacher made suggestions? ; have you observed the teacher during a class? ; have you consulted with any school specialists? ; have you observed the specialists? ; if he has not had a complete educ/psychol. Evaluation, pl. Consider doing so. ...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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How are learning disorders diagnosed?

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

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Will insurance cover the medications surrounding my learning disorder?

Will insurance cover the medications surrounding my learning disorder?

Check with Insurance: The brief answer is that your insurance benefit would possibly cover your medication use, but you would need to check your specific medications with your prescription drug benefit. I am not aware of medications being used specfically for learning disorders, so you might have been prescribed meds for symptoms that have an impact on your learning - for example, meds for adhd. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can treat or help this possible learning disorder?

Define and bypass: The primary treatment of a learning disorder involves defining the strengths an weakness of a students learning abilities. This includes determination of auditory, visual and graphomotor input systems and memory. Once the learning strengths are identified, teaching is modified to use that venue for input, avoiding any weaker input systems. One who learns better by copying notes, skips the lectures. ...Read more

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I think I might have a learning disorder? I am slow reader. Who can tell me?

I think I might have a learning disorder? I am slow reader. Who can tell me?

Believe in yourself: We all have strengths and weaknesses. There is always someone who can read better, remember trivia better, throw better, remember jokes better, etc. We all need to do the best with the abilities we were given. Believe that you have skills, polish those you can, and work on those that need help. Self esteem is important, and self improvement is what life is all about. ...Read more

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What is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in verbal expression?

LD= verbal/nonverbal: Most learning disabilities fall into one of two categories: verbal and nonverbal.

People with verbal learning disabilities have difficulty with words, both spoken and written. The most common and best-known verbal learning disability is dyslexia, which causes people to have trouble recognizing or processing letters and the sounds associated with them. ...Read more

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How does a adult get diagnosed with a learning disorder? Thought they were in kids/

Specific Learning: Disorders In Reading, Written Expression & Math begin during the developmental period, but may go undiagnosed till adulthood. Impaired neurological functioning can occur at any age from tumor, trauma, infection, alcohol, drugs, toxins, degenerative & other disorders that affect the brain. Neuropsychological testing defines deficits in IQ, processing, memory, attention & executive functions. ...Read more

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I would like for my son to be assessed for none verbal learning disorder. Where do I go?

I would like for my son to be assessed for none verbal learning disorder. Where do I go?

Psychologist: If you son is school age, start with the school psychologist. Then, if needed there are trained psychologists who are able to administer the proper testing. ...Read more

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I think I may have a learning disorder. Is there an app that you can use to diagnose yourself?

I think I may have a learning disorder. Is there an app that you can use to diagnose yourself?

Doubt it.: Lds are diagnosed using standardized testing that measures ones overall intelligence (iq) and one's functional knowledge in the area of concern, e.g., reading or math. Ld requires a large discrepancy between the two--usually several grade levels--that is not a result of lack of exposure to the material. For young folk, schools provide that service; older folk need to fine a psychologist. ...Read more

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How do you feel comfortable having a learning disorder, when you get teased about it by others?

Join a support group: Google your disability and the term "support group". Life will be much better if you don't have to go this alone. ...Read more

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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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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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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