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LD's

LD's
Learning Disorders
 
Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and
when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the
horse will go along, too.

-- Lawrence Bixby
 

What are Learning Disorders?

Learning Disability Facts

Common Learning Disabilities

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Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Your state yellow pages has many resources
 
 
 

Wrightslaw
National Disabilities Organizations & Information Groups
 
To be an effective advocate, you need to learn about your child's disability and how the disability affects your child's ability to learn. These organizations and groups provide information and answer questions.
 
 
 

Wrightslaw
Directory of Legal and Advocacy Resources
 
Links to legal sites; contact info for attorneys who represent parents of children with disabilities.

 
 
 

Autism
A neurological disorder that leads to lifelong impairments in a child's ability to speak, respond to others, share affection and learn. At this time there is not a cure for autism, early intervention, the sooner the better, has shown success.
 
Wrightslaw
Autism and PDD Fact Sheet
 
 
 

EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION
 
Executive functions are the higher-order processes that enable us to plan, sequence, initiate, and sustain our behavior towards some goal, incorporating feedback and making adjustments along the way. Some of the neurobehavioral conditions discussed on this web site such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Depression have been associated with Executive Dysfunction.
 
 
 

BIPOLAR DISORDER
 
Previously known as manic depression is characterized by changes from one
extreme mood to it's opposite.
 
 
 

BRAIN DISORDERS
 
 
 

DYSGRAPHIA
A problem with the writing process.
 
Strategies for Dealing with Dysgraphia
 
 
 
 

Adhd conditions can only be managed; not cured and although sometimes these children's symptoms subside with age, often they remain into adulthood.
 
 

 
Learning Disabilities
 
There are often other problems associated with ADD/HD.
Learning Disorders (LD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Touretts Syndrome,  Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia  among others.
If you think there is a presence of another problem, it needs to be evaluated.
Talk to your doctor,  teacher, counselor, and  / or find
a support group.
 
LD Online                   
 
LD Pride Online          
 
Learning Disabilities Association of America  
 
All About LD's
 
 
 

Prevent and Dissolve Learning Disabilities
 
 

The Hidden Handicap
Diagnosing and Treating Learning Disabilities leads to Academic Success
 
 
 

COMORBID CONDITIONS
Co-Morbid conditions is when one or more conditions occur at the same time.  Many individuals with ADHD have additional diagnoses, such as
 
LD
There are 3 categories of learning disabilities:

Developments speech and language disorders

Academic skills disorder

Other  

http://pediatrics.about.com/library/bllearning_disabilities.htm

Depression
Feeling Sad or Empty
Appears Tearful
In children can be irritable
Diminished interest in all or almost all activities
Weight loss without dieting
Decrease in appetite
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Loss of energy
Thoughts of suicide
 
Bipolar Disorder
Separation Anxiety
Rages & Explosive Temper Tantrums (lasting up to several hours)
Marked Irritability
Oppositional Behavior
Frequent Mood Swings
Distractibility
Hyperactivity
Impulsivity
Restlessness/ Fidgetiness
Silliness, Goofiness, Giddiness
Racing Thoughts
Aggressive Behavior
Grandiosity
Carbohydrate Cravings
Risk-Taking Behaviors
Depressed Mood Lethargy
Low Self-Esteem
Difficulty Getting Up in the Morning
Social Anxiety
Oversensitivity to Emotional or Environmental Triggers
 
 
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Short temper
Argumentative with adults or authority figure
Deliberately annoys others
Angry
Resentful
Vindictive
Blames others for misbehavior
Defiance of rules
Has difficulty in accepting authority figures
 
 
Conduct Disorders
Bullies, threatens or intimidates others
Initiates physical fights
Physically cruel to people or animals
Forces someone into sexual activity
Fire setting
Destruction of property
Stealing, Lying, Deceitfulness
Runs away from home
Truant from school
Stays out at night, despite parental objections or punishment 
 
Anxiety Disorder
Worry about everything, big and small
Headaches or other aches and pains for no apparent reason
Trouble Relaxing
Trouble concentrating on one thing
Trouble falling asleep or wake up often during the night
Have hot flashes
Feel nauseous when worried
 
Substance Abuse or other disorders.
 

COMMON CHARACTERISTS OF A CHILD WITH A LD
 
 
WARNING SIGNS OF AN LD
 
 
 

Dyslexia-Difficulty with reading and understanding written words.
They may see the words distorted, upside down or backwards.
 
Dysgraphia-Difficulty with producing readable handwriting.
 
Dyscalculia-Difficulty with numbers and math calculations.
 
OCD-When a person focuses on certain thoughts
or behaviors persistently so that it affects the normal
living and working environment.
 
           Common Examples
           Contamination from shaking hands
           Doubt as to whether something was turned
           off
           Compulsive Handwashing
           Compulsive Touching
           Compulsive Counting
 
Tourette Syndrome- A disorder characterized by
facial and vocal tics and involuntary movements.
 

LD WEBSITES
 
FIND A DR IN YOUR AREA
 
REHABTOOL.COM
High -tech assistive, adaptive and accessibility aids for children and adults
with disabilities and special needs
 
TIMEX DATA LINK WATCH
Programable watch with 10 alarms
 
WATCHMINDER
Watch designed by a doctor for ADD / ADHD patients
has 16 different alarms
 
RESULTS PROJECT
This site deals with the positives of ADD/ADHD.
http://www.resultsproject.net
 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
In depth information about the rights of those with learning disabilities
http://www.knowyourrights.ca/
 
 

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