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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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

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 Intern in Portland, OR
 

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

Sheri has over two decades experience helping children and adolescents with ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome, first in the public school system and then as an Art Therapist. Art Therapy directives are used to build social skills, self esteem, cognitive skills, and communication skills.

— Sheri Stephens, Art Therapist in Kent, WA
 

We teach kids how to learn by focusing on executive functioning skills. These are high-level skills that develop early in childhood and mature throughout adulthood, including: Attending, planning, goal setting, self-monitoring, self-evaluation, visualization, reflecting on performance, modulating actions, organizing, self-awareness, etc.

— Shyanne Heise, Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

I too live with a learning disability called dyslexia. Do you have a learning disability, and it is impacting school, work, and life? Let's chat.

— Christopher Jackson, Counselor in Kenosha, WI
 

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

Learning Disorders such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia have the potential to cause significant impairment in educational functioning. Psychological testing can provide diagnostic clarification and effective recommendations to address the academic difficulties and improve educational functioning.

— Kristin Anderson, Psychologist in Bluffton, SC
 

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 social skills and 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 Mt Airy, MD

I do comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults to assess for learning disorders, ADHD, and other conditions which may affect learning.

— Jessica Myszak, Psychologist in Glenview, IL