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Learning Disorders

A learning disorder is characterized by difficulty learning in certain areas. It is an official diagnosis that is determined based on certain symptoms and behaviours.  Learning disorders are different than learning disabilities because of the severity and reported symptoms.

There are many different kinds of learning disorders including DyslexiaAttention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderDyscalculia and Dysgraphia. Each one of these disorders presents their own unique set of symptoms and challenges. Some of the most common symptoms include restlessness, difficulty focusing and finding reading challenging. Learning disorders are most commonly diagnosed in children who are school-age. This is because that is when students will be in direct comparison with their peers. Learning disorders affect reading, writing and math in many children. Evaluation is often done by a trained medical professional who can help to diagnose the child. For someone to be diagnosed with a specific learning disorder certain markers need to be met. Many children who are diagnosed with a learning disorder may suffer from more than one. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is commonly diagnosed in patients who already have another learning disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common learning disorder that is classified by inattention and impulsiveness. This means that the person has trouble paying attention to simple things and may seem somewhat hyperactive. The severity of symptoms in those with ADHD varies greatly. There is no known cure for those suffering from ADHD, but medication can be highly beneficial in managing symptoms. It is most often used for students with severe symptoms. The most commonly prescribed medication is stimulant medication. Medication is not suggested for the long term because it can become highly addictive and may result in drug dependence. Therapy can prove to be highly beneficial including behavioural treatments. It can also provide certain skill sets that can help people manage their ADHD.

There is no known cure for learning disorders but there are a variety of treatment options available. These treatment options can help to improve the symptoms that are associated with learning disorders. The most common treatment for most learning disorders is special education. It can include individual one-on-one learning sessions for the patient. This can increase the amount of special attention that can be directly focused on the student. It can also help to cater towards certain struggles and difficulties that the student might be having. Speech therapists have been proven effective to help patients describe what struggles that they might be having.  Therapy has also been proven effective for many types of learning disabilities. Family therapy can also be proven beneficial because it teaches the family how to best interact with the family member who is suffering from a learning disorder. This can help to develop certain tutoring and learning games so that the person can excel.

We provide helpful information and tools for many different types of learning disorders including Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia.

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