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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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. Being neurodivergent doesn't mean there is something "wrong".

— Lori Bolnick, Clinical Psychologist in Schaumburg, IL

As a specialist in learning disorders, my role as an assessor and educational consultant is crucial in identifying specific challenges and developing effective academic strategies. I focus on detailed evaluations to secure appropriate 504 accommodations, ensuring students with learning disorders receive the necessary support. My expertise lies in understanding each student's unique learning needs, assisting parents through the 504 and IEP process.

— Bryce Gibbs PhD, Clinical Psychologist in austin, TX

I have a learning difference which I continually learn to navigate I have family members with learning differences. I am a relentless advocate for them and others with neurodiverse brains and learning differences.

— Kyla Burford, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I'm a licensed & certified school psychologist who worked in the school system for years doing educational testing, counseling, & crisis response before I decided to branch off on my own & open a private practice. My experience in the schools gives me a unique perspective as a private practice owner; I now have much more time to spend with my clients (finally!), but I also have the knowledge of the ins, outs, strengths, & weaknesses of the psychological services available in our education system

— Farah Downs, Educational Psychologist in Maitland, FL

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

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 am a practicing School Psychologist who has worked in the Elementary (K-6) and High School (9-12) levels. I work closely with General Education and Special Education teachers to help design intervention and instructional approaches for student success. Furthermore, I emphasize finding collaborative solutions that provide meaningful (positive) impacts on students' lives.

— Jarrett Clifton, Educational Psychologist in El Cajon, CA

Thorough evaluation of subtypes of 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

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

Dr. Davenport has a special interest in working with individuals who are learning disabled1. He understands that learning disorders can present unique challenges in both academic and personal life. His approach involves a thorough understanding of the individual’s specific learning disorder, and the development of personalized strategies to manage and overcome these challenges. Using a combination of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral techniques, Dr. Davenport aims to empower

— Charles Davenport, Psychologist in Sarasota, FL

I assess for learning disorders in math, reading, and writing.

— Jaime Long, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I have experience in diagnosing and working with teens and adults with learning disorders. I worked in a teen substance abuse clinic for over 5 years, and most often the highest co occurring (comes with) disorder were learning disorders. The learning disorders often predated the substance use, and were not always identified early. Many adults received a diagnosis in their 20's or 30's and need additional supports to function in life.

— Carrie Hansen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I help identify learning disorders through comprehensive assessment and connect clients with professionals who can support them and develop specific strategies tailored to their specific learning needs.

— Stephanie Goodson, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC