Learning Disorders

Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are umbrella terms for a wide variety of learning problems. Learning disorders look very different from one person to the next – some may struggle with reading and spelling, while others have a hard time with math. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation – it is something that people are born with. A child diagnosed with a learning disability is not stupid or lazy. Even though we now know how to mitigate the effects of most learning disorders with specific, targeted approaches to learning, they can be frustrating for children. Children with a learning disability may have difficulty in the classroom and outside of it and sometimes have trouble expressing their feelings, making friends, calming themselves down, or reading nonverbal cues. A qualified mental health professional can help. If you, a child in your care, or a family member has been diagnosed with a learning disability, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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Learning disorders can impact kids, teens and their parents in unexpected ways. It's not only that academics can be challenging, but also the way you hear what people say to you, your relationships, your emotions and resulting behavior can be significantly affected. Ever had your child with ADHD have a complete meltdown when transitioning from one activity to another? Ever struggled to get your child with a Reading Disorder off to school? Then you know exactly what I'm talking about.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Frederick, MD

I have a background in LD/ADHD assessments and neuropsychology. Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, I obtained a Master's in Learning Disabilities from one of the top institutions in the field, Northwestern University. I can help you interpret your testing results, understand how they impact your day-to-day functioning, and teach you to advocate for yourself or your child whether at school or in the workplace.

— Lori Bolnick, Clinical Psychologist in Schaumburg, IL

Adolescents with learning disabilities can find school much harder to manage - assignments and tasks takes longer, be more challenging, and potentially be more frustrating. In addition to addressing emotions tied to learning, I also work with adolescents to strengthen their self-advocacy so they can effectively ask for help. I also provide school consultations and observations - collaborating with a school team can have positive impact on academic success and social-emotional wellbeing.

— Tsuilei Mace, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

People with learning disorders such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and executive functioning issues often have gifts on the flip side that are buried deep within after years of being told they "aren't trying hard enough." Over time they begin to fuse with the thought that they are stupid when in fact many are highly intelligent. I offer parent coaching and support to help children with learning disorders reach their fullest potential. I provide advocacy, support and therapy to help address deficits and build on strengths to improve overall sense of competence and self esteem. I also refer to local community resources and specialists (occupational/speech therapy, developmental optometrists, educational specialists) as needed.

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

Having a learning disability can create and define you, whether or not you want it. You have struggled and continue to struggle with your relationships, home life, work life and school. You often feel helpless hopeless unworthy misunderstood isolated My approach to helping you is to process your experiences, develop a new narrative around this label and create a new and empowered sense of self.

— Nicole Woolf, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Speech and language disorders Following directions Making wants and needs known Augmentive devices Articulation Stuttering Social skills Cognition Understanding prepositions, pronouns, adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc. categorization Increasing vocabulary Literacy skills Turoring

— Olga Utley-Rodriguez, Therapist in San Antonio, TX

My primary area of research focus in graduate school was developmental dyslexia, and with my work in special education policy and practice, I have significant experience in diagnosis and treatment for specific learning disabilities. Helping students identify their academic strengths and weaknesses, find new ways to learn, and realize their strengths is extremely rewarding.

— Jennifer Larson, Clinical Psychologist in Raleigh, NC

I am somebody who has struggled with dyslexia attention deficit. I know what it’s like to be told that you will never be able to own a house own a new car because you will never be able to get a job that will pay enough to support that type of lifestyle.... You can read my page about supporting individuals with learning the differences at https://lljc.live/counseling-for-dyslexia-and-learning-disabilities/ . There is not enough space for me to dive into that here.

— Justice Arledge, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

Children struggle with learning for a variety of reasons. A comprehensive evaluation helps you understand why your child struggles, so that you know what kind of help they need. I take a collaborative approach to partnering with your child's school, so that they understand your child's needs and can develop an effective plan of support.

— Rebecca MurrayMetzger, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I offer comprehensive psychological evaluations to identify potential learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. I offer support to children and families with understanding their child's unique learning style and support them in navigating the complex school system to ensure they are receiving the necessary supports within the classroom.

— Jennifer Russo, Educational Psychologist in Pleasant Hill, CA

I have two children who struggled through school in different ways with their different learning disorders.

— Sandy Bevington, Clinical Trainee in Omaha, NE

Specific Learning Disorders in reading, writing, and math. These are otherwise known as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.

— Molly Coppel, Educational Psychologist in La Palma, CA

Dyscalcula, dyslexia, writing, reading assessment, intervention and treatment

— Shannon Schaefer, Psychologist in Wausau, WI