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What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

I don't know.: Official stats are usually artificial &often misleading. Stats depend on definitions &these criteria are changing all the time. Plus, "learning disability" is a relative term --so many types & levels of severity. My take: 1)a huge # of us struggles w/ learning; 2) schools are overwhelmed by the needs, & rarely meet the need; 3)more funding is only part of the answer; better ed approaches needed. ...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


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What causes learning disabilities?

What causes learning disabilities?

LD: Ld such as dyslexia, is linked to certain genes that control how the brain developed. It is inherited. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Sometimes: Some forms of LD, such as certain types of dyslexia, are clearly inherited, others are not. Its always useful to ask about relatives, especially parents when evaluated LD> ...Read more

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Can anyone get learning disabilities!?

Yes: Yes. You may be born with them, or your environment can dictate them also. ...Read more

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Why do some people have learning disabilities?

Why do some people have learning disabilities?

Specific Learning: Disorder is diagnosed in school-age children with avg. To > avg. IQ's. Some families have mutant genes for Specific Language Impairment & resultant Reading Disorder & Disorder of Written Expression. Math impairment may be from Non-Verbal Learning Disability, associated with many syndromes, some of which are inheritable. Low birthweight, brain infections, trauma & trauma are some other causes. ...Read more

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Learning disabilities usually get found at what age?

Learning disabilities usually get found at what age?

Young: Ld are usually discovered in school where intense learning first is observed by professionals. In significant cases something is noticed by the parents and pediatrician, and "early intervention" schooling is provided starting at 3 yrs old. The earlier an ld is treated, the better the long term outcome. ...Read more

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Are medications necessary to treat learning disabilities?

Are medications necessary to treat learning disabilities?

Depends on issues: Learning disabilities are seen in some kids with add or adhd (30-40%) & in that context medications for the add may ease tthe work for the ld. The ld itself is more of a faulty wiring issue where the brain has perticular trouble in a specific area like math. There are no ld pills, herbs etc that I know of. Most therapy works at using multiple modalities to bypass any weak areas to gain skills. ...Read more

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Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Should gps be testing for learning disabilities in adults.?

Yes: Among many other government mandated suggestions, your general physician has been asked to screen his older patients for early signs of cognitive decline. ...Read more

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Why does my child have learning disabilities? What went wrong?

Why does my child have learning disabilities? What went wrong?

Don't always Know: Lds are essentially birth defects. Causes are generally unknown. We do know that substance abuse during pregnancy may cause problems. Also there is a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Do you think people with learning disabilities are any different?

Do you think people with learning disabilities are any different?

Everyone is differen: No two people are the same. Everyone is different, unique and special in their own ways. ...Read more

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What are some behavior disorders related to learning disabilities?

Anxiety: Is often found in kids and teens with learning disabilities, as they have found school frustrating and not as rewarding as children without learning difficulties. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can help improve learning disabilities?

Are there medications that can help improve learning disabilities?

Yes and No: The DX of a learning disability implies a child is not able to process information in a certain area at the level expected of their intellegence. This implies a kids brain is wired differently & may or may not improve in the area. About 40% of add kids have an ld & treatment of the add may permit the child to focus more thinking time on a problem and do better. I know of no meds that fix an ld. ...Read more

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What is community care for with people with learning disabilities?

See below: It is an alternative to institutionalizing individuals with ld's into residential treatment facilities. Acceptance and intergration in the public communities are essential and vital to allowing them to have the best quality of life without preconception. Unfortunately, many in the communities are often opposed to these heterogeneous collection of individuals-ignorance and fear lend to this. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have any undiagnosed learning disabilities?

I need help! How do I know if I have any undiagnosed learning disabilities?

Time for consultatn: Educational psychologists can administer various tests that are appropriate for age that can help define a learning issue or dyslexia. Your PCP should know what sources are available in your area. ...Read more

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Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

To get tested: To get tested for a learning disabilty mild or severe you need to find two or three good psychologists in your area who do this work regularly and ask them. The mildness ofmthe disability does not mean it will cost les it could cost more. Mild ld may be harder to pinpoint and may take more time to find. A related question is why are your trying to find this ld? What difficulty does it present? ...Read more

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Son got severe learning disabilities/ who will care for him after we are gone?

Son got severe learning disabilities/ who will care for him after we are gone?

Same problem here: Set up a special needs trust with help from your local office of disabilities/ ssi, or a private attourny. ...Read more

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Is there any more risk for someone with learning disabilities to fall of his bicycle?

Is there any more risk for someone with learning disabilities to fall of his bicycle?

Yes, if the SLD is: From deficits in any or all of the following neuropsychological areas: visual-motor; visual -perceptual; proprioceptive/kinesthetic (coordination of body parts with each other/awareness of where one's body is in time & space). Or these neurodevelopmental problems: poor coordination; non-fluid gross motor movements (legs); imprecise fine motor movements (hands). Or poor vision. ...Read more

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Any medications that can cause learning disabilities if overused or taken in large does?

Any medications that can cause learning disabilities if overused or taken in large does?

Many: Anticonvulsants (for seizures or migraine), antihistamines, sedatives, analgesics (pain relievers), opiates, alcohol, antidepressants, lipid drugs (for high cholesterol), chemotherapy, antipsychotics, illicit drugs, particularly marijuana. If you are using medication and feel your ability to learn is impeded, please discuss with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Food additives - do you think it's possible that food additives cause add or learning disabilities?

Food additives - do you think it's possible that food additives cause add or learning disabilities?

Maybe: Some people, particularly younger children, are supersensitive to artificial dyes, flavors or preservatives. Most docs believe that adhd and ld are inherited or caused by brain injury. But these are just the brains that are more susceptible to adverse effects from these ingredients. It's best to discuss this with your doc using your observations to help limit (or not) the child's diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more