Learning Disorder

The major indication that you may have a learning disability is an unexplained discrepancy between your expected level of achievement and your actual performance. Learning disabilities make it difficult for those affected to learn as quickly or in the same way as others. People with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills (like reading, writing, listening, speaking, or doing math) if taught in the conventional way.  Ordinarily diagnosed in children, people with learning disabilities often have average or above average intelligence.  Learning disabilities are somewhat common, affecting over two million school-aged children in the United States. Although having a learning disability can be a lifelong challenge, seeing a qualified mental health professional is very helpful for learning coping strategies. 

Local Experts in Learning Disorder

I have experience of working with a broad range of skill deficits that may accompany a learning disorder by breaking down a task in smaller steps, identifying missing pre-requisites for a certain skill, using shaping and prompting to help a student overcome current difficulties and improve their style of learning. The methods I use are successful when coupled motivational strategies.

Testing and Assessment

One of the main challenges of parenting children with learning disabilities and/or low IQ is figuring out if they are refusing to comply because they can\'t do what you ask, or because they don\'t want to. I can help you figure this out, including reading and interpreting any psychological testing that has been completed on your child.

Living with a learning disability as I do myself, can be challenging. Individuals struggling with learning disabilities can experience anger, frustration, shame, and low self-esteem. Speaking to a therapist about your feelings can be very helpful. A therapist can help individuals understand that although learning disabilities are lifelong and many methods of help including support are available.

As a professional advocate and mother to a dyslexic learner, my passion has led me to a vast exploration of learning challenges and the emotional component that can accompany. I am a believer that every individual is gifted and by unlocking strengths and embracing abilities, one can thrive in any environment.

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