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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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 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
 

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

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
 

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
 

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 perform cognitive and learning evaluations for school-age children in order to determine learning disorders or intellectual disability. I have been assessing school-age children for cognitive and learning disorders for six years.

— Brian Burgoyne, Clinical Psychologist in Littleton, CO
 

As a Licensed Educational Psychologist, I have experience evaluating and diagnosing children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia using comprehensive assessment tools.

— Danett Williams, Educational Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Experienced working with children with learning disorders, including communication disorders, both as a social worker and speech language pathologist-assistant.

— Laura Zelaya, Therapist in Houston, TX
 

We provide full comprehensive evaluations of learning disability e.g., dyslexia for children and adolescents. Our evaluations include an individual support plan and school companion document.

— Summit Psychological Assessment & Consultation, Educational Psychologist in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

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 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

I support children and teens who experience learning disorders as well as support parents and caregivers who have children with learning disorders. My psychoeducational assessments will help to detect the possibility of any learning disability or intellectual giftedness. I can help you interpret the testing results, understand how they impact your child, and provide recommendations to support your child.

— Karlene Gacita, Psychologist in Georgetown, TX