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If a few people in my family have learning disabilities is it likely that my son will also have a learning disability?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

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

In brief: Possible

There are many specific types of learning disabilities, some of which such as dyslexia are known to have a genetic component.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Learning disabilities do have a genetic component.
A family history of ld is no guarantee that your child will have it, but it might warrant increased attention to the possibility. Most ld cannot be firmly diagnosed until about age 7 or 8 years.

In brief: Depends

Learning disabilities do have a genetic component.
A family history of ld is no guarantee that your child will have it, but it might warrant increased attention to the possibility. Most ld cannot be firmly diagnosed until about age 7 or 8 years.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on the relationship.
If "in your family" includes non-blood relatives, then, this is not a concern. If it does, then it should be considered, but other factors (environment, type of school, etc) are also very important.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the relationship.
If "in your family" includes non-blood relatives, then, this is not a concern. If it does, then it should be considered, but other factors (environment, type of school, etc) are also very important.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Some genes have been

Identified in families with a history of language-based learning disabilities, dyslexia (reading disorder) & disorder of written expression.
Non-verbal ld's are less common (dyscalculia), but can also "run" in families. Genetic, biological (e.g., prematurity) & environmental factors interact to determine the expression of any gene. Including those for ld & adhd. See the aap's healthy child app.

In brief: Some genes have been

Identified in families with a history of language-based learning disabilities, dyslexia (reading disorder) & disorder of written expression.
Non-verbal ld's are less common (dyscalculia), but can also "run" in families. Genetic, biological (e.g., prematurity) & environmental factors interact to determine the expression of any gene. Including those for ld & adhd. See the aap's healthy child app.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. ASADULLAH AHMED
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: No

Family history increases the risk but not every individual shares the same pathology.
Adhd increases the risk of learning disorders.

In brief: No

Family history increases the risk but not every individual shares the same pathology.
Adhd increases the risk of learning disorders.
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