Learning Disabilities

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Is there any treatment for learning disabilities?

The most common treatment for learning disabilities is special education. Specially trained educators may perform a diagnostic educational evaluation assessing the child's academic and intellectual potential and level of academic performance. Once the evaluation is complete, the basic approach is to teach learning skills by building on the child's abilities and strengths while correcting and compensating for disabilities and weaknesses. Other professionals such as speech and language therapists also may be involved. Some medications may be effective in helping the child learn by enhancing attention and concentration. Psychological therapies may also be used.

What is the prognosis for learning disabilities?

Learning disabilities can be lifelong conditions. In some people, several overlapping learning disabilities may be apparent. Other people may have a single, isolated learning problem that has little impact on their lives.

What research is being done for learning disabilities?

The NINDS and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Institute of Mental Health support research on learning disabilities. Current research avenues focus on developing techniques to diagnose and treat learning disabilities and increase understanding of the biological basis of learning disabilities.

For more information

CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
8181 Professional Place Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
Tel: 301-306-7070 800-233-4050
Fax: 301-306-7090

International Dyslexia Association
8600 LaSalle Road Chester Building, Ste. 382
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044
Tel: 410-296-0232 800-ABCD123
Fax: 410-321-5069

Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Road Suite 1
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
Tel: 412-341-1515
Fax: 412-344-0224

National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-545-7510
Fax: 212-545-9665

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
31 Center Drive, Rm. 2A32 MSC 2425
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
Tel: 301-496-5133
Fax: 301-496-7101

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
6001 Executive Blvd. Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Tel: 301-443-4513/866-615-NIMH (-6464)
301-443-8431 (TTY)

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

Last updated: 1/28/2008

SOURCES: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

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