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How do I know if my child with ADHD has a learning disability?

Polly Dunn
Psychology

If your child is evaluated for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by a child psychologist, then typically that assessment will also include a review of their academic records. If difficulties with school work are reported, then a thorough evaluation of their academic achievement and intelligence will likely be conducted to rule out the presence of a learning disorder. Of course their academic struggles could be a result of their symptoms of ADHD only, but since ADHD and learning disabilities often co-occur, it is important to cover all of the bases and make sure a learning disorder is not present. If you are concerned that your child may have a learning disorder, in addition to their diagnosis of ADHD, bring up your concern with their school psychologist or have them evaluated by a child psychologist in your community.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have learning disabilities. It is normal for children to find math, reading, or other skills difficult. But if these problems remain, it can signal a disability. Kids must tell their parents or teachers about any learning problems. Learning specialists or school psychologists can be contacted. They identify any learning problems. Children may want to work with tutors. Students can attend special classes, but they can usually stay in regular classrooms. It is actually good to identify learning disabilities. Students can stop worrying and begin learning in a better way.

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