Many children sometimes experience difficulty in school with particular concepts or abilities. When children put in a great deal of effort yet continue to have trouble learning a particular set of skills over time, it may indicate a learning disorder. Even when general intelligence or motivation are unaffected, a child with a learning impairment struggles in one or more areas of learning.
Examples of learning disorders include
Children Learning disorders may struggle to understand a subject despite their best efforts can get frustrated, feel helpless, or withdraw out of frustration. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural disorders may occur along with learning disorders. It can be particularly challenging for children to succeed in school when multiple problems overlap. It is essential to correctly diagnose each disorder so that the child can get the appropriate treatment.
Children with learning disorders often need extra help and instruction that are specialized for them. Having a learning disorder can qualify a child for special education services in school. Generally, an important first step is to understand the child's learning difficulties and consider how they will affect their communication, self-help skills, willingness to accept discipline, impact on play, and capacity for independence. Such problems deserve a comprehensive evaluation by an expert who can assess all of the different issues affecting the child.
The assessment process may involve:
Depending on the child's age and the difficulties, different tests may be required:
If you think your child or teenager may have symptoms of a Learning disorder, and would like further assessment or support you can contact us at childrenplus via phone or email. We will arrange for you and your family to meet with one of our trained psychologists for a confidential discussion.
No referral is needed to make an appointment.