Learning Disorders, which are sometimes referred to as learning disabilities, are traditionally characterized by a significant discrepancy between an individualís measured intelligence and the individualís measured academic achievement in one or more areas, such as reading, writing, or arithmetic. Essentially, a Learning Disorder is when an individualís academic performance is far the expected levels given his or her intellectual abilities. Learning Disorders occur within approximately five percent of all school age children.
Learning Disorders sometimes go undetected for many years, which can have substantial repercussions, such as academic failures, being held back in school, adjustment difficulties, disrupted peer and family relations, and poor self-esteem. These repercussions can also persist into later life, so not only is identifying a Learning Disorder important, but early detection is essential.
Learning Disorders can often be confused with other childhood disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Given this, careful and comprehensive assessment of intellectual, neurocognitive, and academic abilities is important for both diagnosis and treatment. For instance, a child may have undue difficulties writing an adequate passage even when prompted sufficiently. A subsequent, comprehensive assessment of the childís abilities may reveal that, while the child can verbally express ideas articulately, the child cannot do so through writing; thus, in such a case, the childís coordination and fine motor skills (i.e., the ability to write) are the culprit, not overall expressive ability. Treatment in such a case could then be geared toward the correct intervention, such as improving coordination and accommodations in the classroom.
Behavioral Science Specialists, LLC routinely provides the following services:
Psychological assessment for early identification and follow-up of Learning Disorders
Functional behavior assessment of any behavioral problems associated with learning disabilities
Creation and implementation of behavioral plans for the home and school
School advocacy/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) assistance
Assistance in creating an individualized tutoring program
Our clinical staff is available for consultation and can be reached by email at Info@BSSonline.org or by telephone at 614.291.7600. Additionally, the interested reader may consider consulting the following sources of information to learn more about learning disorders: