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

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 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 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

Testing for learning disorders can identify differences in learning styles in children and teens. This testing can reveal areas of need such as reading, writing, spelling, and math and can diagnose dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc. Understanding your child's strengths and weaknesses is important for academic success. I will help to provide recommendations for school when needed.

— Heather Joppich, Psychologist in Nashville, TN

Navigating the standard world with a non-standard way of thinking can be overwhelming! But possible! Learning to celebrate your strengths and appreciate your differences, I believe each person can learn to pave a more manageable paths for their lives.

— Melanie Grogan, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Katy, TX

Parents are often worried when their child has learning problems in school. There are many reasons for school failure, but a common one is a learning disability. The evaluation involves a comprehensive assessment of your child’s cognitive abilities and academic development. I will then make recommendations on appropriate school placement, the need for special help such as special educational services (IEP/504), and help you assist your child in maximizing his or her learning potential.

— Dr. Kristin Edwards, Psychologist in Tampa, FL

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

Learning disorders are confusing, complicated, and frustrating. I have years of experience with helping clients with learning disorders and look forward to speaking with you of how I can help.

— Melissa Dempsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Augusta, GA

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