A learning disorder is when an individual has difficulty learning and using academic skills. For children with a learning disorder, school can be very difficult. If you or your child has a learning disorder you may notice difficulty with some of the following:
- Inaccurate or slow reading
- Written expression (writing, grammar, etc.)
- Number sense
Learning disorders are most often diagnosed in childhood. For an individual to be diagnosed, academic skills must be below what is expected for the individual’s age. Learning disorders are not the result of other intellectual disabilities, medication conditions, or lack of proper education.
There are multiple types of learning disorders.
Impairment in reading
Individuals with a reading learning disorder have problems with reading accurately, fluently, and in a timely manner. They may also have difficulty comprehending what they read. Dyslexia is a type of reading learning disorder in which the individual struggles with accurate recognition of words and spelling.
Impairment in written expression
Individuals with a written expression learning disorder have problems with spelling correctly. They may also struggle with grammar and punctuation as well as have problems with writing in a clear and organized fashion. This is known as dysgraphia.
Impairment in mathematics
Individuals with a mathematics learning disorder may struggle with number sense (i.e. has poor understanding of numbers and their relationships, may count on their fingers for single digit addition, or struggle with number lines etc.). Those with a math learning disorder may also struggle with memorizing arithmetic facts, calculation and math reasoning; this is known as dyscalculia.
Children with a learning disorder may:
- Have poor academic performance
- Have a dislike or resistance towards school or certain classes
- Have low self-esteem
- Demonstrate emotional outbursts during difficult class times
An adult with a learning disorder:
- Will have a history of learning difficulties
- May have problems at work
- May demonstrate poor memory
- May demonstrate poor writing or reasoning abilities
A specialist at Serin Center can provide testing to assess if you or your child has a learning disorder. These disorders are treated by specific educational interventions, neurofeedback, and occupational therapy.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.