Basic information for topics, such as "What is it?" and "How many people are affected?" is available in the Condition Information section. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are specific to a certain topic are answered in this section.
Are there disorders or conditions associated with learning disabilities?
Children with learning disabilities may be at greater risk for certain conditions than other youngsters.
One condition found more frequently among children with learning disabilities is attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A child with ADHD may be very active and impulsive and get distracted easily. ADHD affects about 1 out of 3 children with learning disorders.1
Children with disabilities also may develop depression, anxiety, and behavior problems.2
Treating conditions associated with a learning disability can help a child feel better overall and become more focused on schoolwork. Treatments may include psychotherapy and medications.
Where can I get help for my child’s learning disability?
- Learning disability evaluation. If you believe your child may have a reading, writing, or related disability/disorder, you can have him or her professionally evaluated. The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides information about getting your child evaluated at school and questions to ask an evaluator (PDF - 223 KB).
- Parenting. The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides information on dealing with daily living and parenting a child with a learning disability .
- Special education services. The Learning Disabilities Association of America offers extensive information on special education .
- National Library of Medicine. (2011). Learning disorders. Retrieved June 26, 2012, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/learningdisorders.html
- Jones, C. A. (2012). Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art42382.asp