Learning Disability (cont.)
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Is there any treatment for learning disabilities?
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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
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
SOURCES: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Last Editorial Review: 1/28/2008
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