Types of Learning Disorders

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The types of learning disabilities affecting children and adults today are better understood now than they've ever been. Nevertheless, scientists still have a great deal to learn about these disorders, which are also referred to as learning disabilities.


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If you've learned that you may be facing learning disorders in yourself or in your child, the good news is that there's often a great deal of help available.

The most common time when learning disorders are diagnosed is during childhood. This is when most children enter school and when learning problems surface. Teachers and parents may notice that a child struggles to meet specific goals like other children, but is intellectually strong. This may lead to a health care provider diagnosing some type of developmental problem or, in many cases, a learning disability.

These are a few of the learning disabilities many students are diagnosed with each year:

  • ADHD or attention deficient hyperactivity disorders, including attention deficit disorder (lacking the hyperactivity)
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism spectrum disorder, including Aspersers syndrome
  • Attachment disorders

There are many others including a variety of subtypes under each of these main types of learning disabilities. It's also important to note that each person who has a learning disability of some type is facing his or her own battle that is unique from others. The symptoms of the same condition can even be very different from one person to the next.

Brain Learning

When it comes to some types of these disorders, the brain is unique in the way that it takes in information. Rather than learning about things in the same way others do, those who have these disabilities have a breakdown in the way they interpret words, language in general and even events surrounding them. Some have difficulty with speech, while others have a hard time writing. In the case of autism, the child has difficulty interpreting social cues from other people, and therefore is unable to understand what a smile means, or what a joke means.

The Brain Can Change

If you're facing any of the types of learning disorder, there is hope for improving your condition. Once the type of learning disorder is understood, a plan can be put in place that allows one to learn in a way that works with his or her own brain's needs. The brain does change over time, and it can be taught better ways to handle day-to-day learning.

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