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What is the risk of learning disabilities being passed down to children?

What is the risk of learning disabilities being passed down to children?

Depends: There are many specific types of learning disabilities, some of which such as dyslexia are known to have a genetic component. ...Read more

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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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Are learning disabilities genetic? How is it determined?

Are learning disabilities genetic? How is it determined?

They can be: There are a few genetic causes of learning disabilities such as Fragile X Syndrome. Often when a child is determined to have a learning disability, blood work might be done to determine if there is a genetic cause. ...Read more

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Looked down upon for a "mild "learning disability. What should I do?

Looked down upon for a "mild "learning disability. What should I do?

Strong point: Determine what you do well, and strengthen that. None of us is perfect. We all do some things well and others not so well. Try to, gain confidence by improving in areas of strength and interest. You may wish to consult a developmental physician or psychologist for help. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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What will be the likely effect on children who have undiagnosed learning disabilities and get no special ed?

What will be the likely effect on children who have undiagnosed learning disabilities and get no special ed?

School problems: Children with undiagnosed ld typically flounder in regular classes, sometimes receiving such labels as "lazy" or "unmotivated." self-esteem can plummet, and investment in school often fades with time. Special education may not be needed, but recognition of the problem and helping the child to find ways around it is essential. ...Read more

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Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Why do so many african american children have learning disabilities?

Define disability: Today's aa child is more likely than others, to grow up in a single parent household, live in poverty and lack educational opportunities available to others. The family culture may place less value on education than other pursuits. I am not convinced these kids have more specific learning disabilities. They often need extra help and encouragement to reach their potential. ...Read more

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What are some common learning disabilities in children who have cardiac problems?

What are some common learning disabilities in children who have cardiac problems?

Varies : Some congenital heart problems r associated with learning problems. Some genetic disorders are associated with both too. Secondary learning problems can occur in babies delivered before 38 weeks (for example if the cardiac prob caused labor) or subjected to major health problems in the first month of life. If the heart problem causes decreased blood oxygen, then the developing brain can suffer. ...Read more

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What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

LOTS!: You can reach out to your pediatrician and school district for some resources! there are many programs and services out there to help! a social worker may also be very helpful in arranging these services. ...Read more

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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities found in children with parents that were cousins an what neurological disease can be caused by this. Also. ?

Are learning disabilities found in children with parents that were cousins an what neurological disease  can be caused by this. Also. ?

Genetic: Learning disabilities are genetic disorders and run in families but not necessarily in intermarried cousins. It is true that consanguinity tends to cause more genetic disorders. ...Read more

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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

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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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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?

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?

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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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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