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Are learning disorders in a kid a sign of prior child abuse?

8 doctors weighed in
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In brief: No

Learning disorders are caused by many things.
But, child abuse, for the most part, is not one of them.

In brief: No

Learning disorders are caused by many things.
But, child abuse, for the most part, is not one of them.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
I have found that severe abuse and neglect in the first 2 years of life can be associated with learning problems and school difficulties of a variety of kinds. The brain is still developing in the first 2 years of life and maltreatment can interfere with brain development.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not so simple

Common causes are heredity and prenatal or perinatal complications.
However, child abuse deending on type and severity can impact the developing brain and lead to neurodevelopmental problems especially in cases of severe abuse or neglect. These can be complicated by head injuries, "shaken baby syndrome" malnutrition, etc. But one can't assume abuse if there is learning disorder.

In brief: Not so simple

Common causes are heredity and prenatal or perinatal complications.
However, child abuse deending on type and severity can impact the developing brain and lead to neurodevelopmental problems especially in cases of severe abuse or neglect. These can be complicated by head injuries, "shaken baby syndrome" malnutrition, etc. But one can't assume abuse if there is learning disorder.
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Dr. Stephen Perret
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Probably not

Learning disorders are almost never directly the result of prior child abuse.

In brief: Probably not

Learning disorders are almost never directly the result of prior child abuse.
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