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ADHD & RELATED ISSUES

Let us help you clear up confusion about disorders, like ADHD, that can co-occur with learning disabilities.

A number of co-occuring disorders and other issues can impact a child’s learning and emotional well-being. While these disorders are not defined as “specific learning disabilities” under federal law, they may mask or make it difficult to properly identify the true nature of the disorder.

adhd-head-related-wordsADHD

What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and what does it have to do with learning disabilities? More >

 
What is Visual Processing Disorder - Visual Processing DisordersVISUAL PROCESSING DISORDERS

A visual processing disorder can cause difficulty in seeing the difference between two similar letters, shapes, or objects. More >

 
Gifted Children - Gifted EducationGIFTEDNESS

A child who has LD and is gifted faces a different kind of challenge, since an exceptional talent in one area may overshadow an LD in another. More >

Autism Spectrum DisordersAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Individuals with LD and those with autism present very different profiles in terms of learning, attention and behavior. More >

 
Processing Disorder - Central Auditory ProcessingAUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS

An auditory processing disorder can cause difficulty in distinguishing the difference between similar sounds. More >

 

LD and ADHD are distinctive, neurologically based disorders that are diagnosed and treated differently.

ADHD & RELATED ISSUES

Let us help you clear up confusion about disorders, like ADHD, that can co-occur with learning disabilities.



A number of co-occuring disorders and other issues can impact a child’s learning and emotional well-being. While these disorders are not defined as “specific learning disabilities” under federal law, they may mask or make it difficult to properly identify the true nature of the disorder.



adhd-head-related-wordsADHD

What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and what does it have to do with learning disabilities? More >

 
What is Visual Processing Disorder - Visual Processing DisordersVISUAL PROCESSING DISORDERS

A visual processing disorder can cause difficulty in seeing the difference between two similar letters, shapes, or objects. More >

 
Gifted Children - Gifted EducationGIFTEDNESS

A child who has LD and is gifted faces a different kind of challenge, since an exceptional talent in one area may overshadow an LD in another. More >

Autism Spectrum DisordersAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Individuals with LD and those with autism present very different profiles in terms of learning, attention and behavior. More >

 
Processing Disorder - Central Auditory ProcessingAUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS

An auditory processing disorder can cause difficulty in distinguishing the difference between similar sounds. More >

Giftedness and Learning Disabilities

Gifted Children - Gifted Education Let’s agree that learning disabilities (LD) is an “umbrella” term that encompasses disorders in listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics. And let’s also agree that individuals with LD have unique learning profiles, meaning that they struggle in some areas of skill development and perform well (or excel) in others. By definition, having a learning disability means that an individual’s struggle with learning is not due to limited intellectual capacity and that there are no social, emotional, environmental or sensory (physical and medical) obstacles preventing them from achieving their learning potential.

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