Online Learning Disorder Treatment: Find Learning Disorder Recovery

Many children with learning disorders, also called learning disabilities, struggle in school before they are properly diagnosed.

What are Learning Disorders?

Many children with learning disorders, also called learning disabilities, struggle in school before they are properly diagnosed. Learning disabilities affect children and adults alike, and are characterized as a disorder that affects a person’s ability to learn, understand, or respond appropriately to new information presented to them. Often with learning disabilities, a person struggles to speak correctly and has problems with listening skills. In addition, learning disabilities can also cause coordination issues.

If you have a learning disability, it is not a sign that you have a lower IQ. 

Symptoms of Learning Disorders

Learning disabilities typically last the full span of a person’s life. However, some adults with learning disabilities are able to cope and compensate for their learning disability. Here are some common signs that your child may have a learning disability:

  • Your child has problems with mathematics
  • Your child has problems with handwriting
  • Your child has problems processing information
  • Your child has reading issues, like dyslexia
  • Your child has difficulty speaking and writing
  • Your child has a delay in learning in one area, yet is excelling in other areas.

There are some symptoms of learning disabilities that indicate a more serious condition:

  • There are signs that your child is being abused
  • There are signs of aggressive behavior you perceive could be a danger for your child or others

Common Areas Learning Disorders Affect

Reading

Learning disorders can affect a child’s reading abilities. Some common difficulties children face include:

  • Reading at a slow pace
  • Not understand what they read
  • Not recalling what they read accurately
  • Issues with spelling
  • Not being able to make inferences from their reading

A learning disorder in reading is typically called dyslexia.

Writing/Verbal

Children with writing disorders often have trouble with their visual, motor, and/or information processing skills. Some common difficulties children face include:

  • Writing at a slower and more difficult pace than usual
  • Writing Illegibly
  • Difficulty with spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills
  • Writing in a poorly organized or difficult to understand format
  • Issues writing out thoughts

Math

Children with disorders in mathematics typically face the following issues:

  • Difficulty calculating
  • Trouble using math symbols
  • Not understanding problems that involve words
  • Not understanding how numbers work and/or relate to each other
  • Inability to memorize basic calculations 

Nonverbial 

Children with nonverbial disabilities may have the following problems:

  • Inability to use language appropriately in conversation
  • Lack of attention and organization
  • Physical coordination problems
  • Lack of reading comprehension in higher grades as the material gets more difficult
  • Poor writing skills

What Causes Learning Disabilities?

Learning disabilities can be caused by several different factors including: 

Genetics

Like many other disorders, your genetics play a role in increasing the likelihood of having a disorder. If your family history shows a strong proclivity for having learning disabilities, it will increase the likelihood that you or your children have learning disabilities.

Prenatal and Neonatal Risk Factors

While a mother is pregnant, some activities increase the risk for learning disabilities to be found in her children. For example, drinking alcohol and taking drugs can increase the risk factors. Other risk factors are completely out of the mother’s control, like giving birth early, having a very low birth weight, and poor growth in the uterus have been linked to children with learning disabilities.

Psychological Trauma

If a child is abused in early childhood mentally, it can affect how a child’s brain develops and can increase the risk of learning disabilities.

Physical Trauma

If a child has a nervous system infection or has brain damage caused by physical abuse or for other reasons, it may play a role in developing learning disabilities.

Environmental

Toxins and other environmental chemicals have been linked to a development of learning disabilities.

Learning Disorder Levels of Care

Outside of the primary care setting, there are a few levels of care available to individuals with eating disorders. Let’s review binge eating disorder treatment options:

Outpatient

  • Often where the treatment process begins
  • Patient lives at home and attends hourly sessions at their providers’ offices
  • Appropriate for patients who are medically stable, motivated, self-sufficient, and have adequate support and structure at home

Intensive Outpatient

  • Typically occurs in a specialized setting (e.g., a clinic or hospital)
  • Patients live at home and attend sessions three to five times a week that last approximately three hours each
  • Program may include numerous types of therapy, including, but not limited to, individual, group, and counseling
  • Appropriate for patients who are medically stable, self-sufficient, and have adequate support and structure at home, but may need some degree of external structure beyond self-control

Partial Hospitalization (Full-Day Outpatient Care)

  • Occurs in a specialized setting and can be connected to a hospital program or a free-standing facility
  • Patient requires a high level of supervision and monitoring
  • Patient must be able to demonstrate some ability to retain the gains made in treatment without 24-hour monitoring
  • Patient must not be a suicide risk or medically compromised to the point of requiring hospitalization
  • Patient must have sufficient resources and motivation to attend program
  • Patient’s home or living environment must be one that can be supportive of the recovery process
  • Wide variety in quality of programming and hours of available treatment across programs, making it critical that patient’s needs and circumstances are appropriate for this level of care
  •     Care is typically 5– 12 hours per day, 4– 7 days per week.

Residential Treatment Center

  • Highly specialized programs that can be operated independent of hospital setting, but sometimes connected to a hospital setting
  • Indicated when patient is not able to retain gains without 24-hour monitoring
  • May be indicated when severity of symptoms necessitates constant monitoring in order to initiate and sustain symptom-free behavior and normalized eating
  • May be indicated for patients whose activities of daily living are compromised by the disorder May be indicated for the development of a normalized, healthy lifestyle conducive to long-term health and well being
  • May include specialized approaches that help the patient develop routines and activities of daily living that create patterns of behavior that are conducive to recovery
  • Useful in situations with a high degree of psychiatric comorbidity that require intensified focus during treatment
  • Sometimes indicated on the basis of a lack of supportive and safe environment where the patient can be expected be able to make meaningful, retainable progress
  • May be appropriate when patient is overwhelmed with symptoms and unable to refrain from reverting to symptoms or other behaviors that compromise their well being when alone
  • Appropriate for patients with either lower or higher levels of motivation, but generally patients must enter treatment voluntarily

Inpatient Hospitalization

  • Generally used for a period of short-term stabilization proceeding initiation of treatment at lower levels of care
  • Indicated in situation where patient is a suicide risk or gravely disabled by symptoms and unable to participate in residential or lower levels of care due to presenting symptoms, which may include depression, poor motivation, poor insight, and/ or other factors that limit ability to meaningfully participate in lower levels of care
  • Appropriate in situations where hospital-based medical care is indicated (i.e., IV lines or other more invasive medical treatments are needed)

Learning Disabilities Treatment Options

If you suspect your child has a learning disability, your provider of school may recommend some or all of the following learning disability treatment options:

Getting Extra Teaching Help

Sometimes a child needs extra attention in one or more areas. A tutor is a great option to get specialized training in a child’s problem area.

Participating in an Individualized Education Program

In the United States, public schools are given the mandate to provide additional educational programs for students who meet the standards of having a learning disorder. In a IEP program, a child is given learning goals and is supported by strategies to support the child’s specific needs.

Getting Classroom Accommodations

Sometimes a child with a learning disability can be given special classroom accommodations by their teachers. These can include sitting closer to the teacher, more time given on homework, projects and tests, audiobooks, and fewer problems in homework assigned.

Getting Therapy

Occupational therapy and speech therapists are options for therapy that can improve a child’s motor skills and language skills respectively.

Taking Medication

Sometimes a child with learning disabilities faces mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Your provider can assess the need for your child’s medication.

Trying Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is being closely studied to determine how effective it is in treating learning disabilities. These can include exercise and diet changes, among others. 

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