ADHD AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
Does your child struggle with poor grades, difficulty learning new material, slow processing speed, forgetting important assignments, or performing "up to his or her potential?" He or she may have a Learning Disability (LD) or attention problem (such as ADHD) interfering with succeeding academically and socially.
ADHD IN CHILDREN
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behaviors involving disorganized thoughts, impulsivity, and/or a lack of attention. AD/HD often occurs in early childhood and typically affects boys more than girls. AD/HD behaviors can result in significant problems with relationships and learning. There are three types of ADHD:
1). ADHD — Inattentive Type (formerly known as ADD)
2). ADHD — Hyperactive / Impulsive Type
3). ADHD — Combined Type
Once properly diagnosed, custom behavioral treatments such as creating structure, encouraging routines, stating expectations, and training for social skills can be very helpful.
LD IN CHILDREN
A Learning Disability (LD) is a learning disorder is which children experience difficulty with receiving, processing, and communicating information. Children with Learning Disabilities have normal intelligence but have trouble processing information through typical learning methods because they see, hear, and understand things differently. Learning Disabilities can cause learning problems at school, hurt self-esteem, and continue to have a snowball effect unless addressed early. Dyslexia (difficulty processing language), Dyscalculia (difficulty with math), Dysgraphia (difficulty with writing), Dyspraxia Sensory Integration Disorder (difficulty with fine motor skills), Auditory Processing Disorder (difficulty hearing differences between sounds), and Visual Processing Disorder (difficulty interpreting visual information) are examples of Learning Disabilities. Often, an LD is further complicated by associated disorders such as ADHD.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Disorders such as ADHD and an LD can be difficult to accurately diagnose (and are in fact often misdiagnosed), which is why a formal evaluation by an expert is critical to determining if your child truly has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or a Learning Disability. As part of her training, Dr. Wynns had the pleasure of working with Dr. Arthur Anastoupoulis, one of the nation's leading experts on AD/HD. She brings this experience of working at an ADHD specialty clinic to her comprehensive AD/HD assessments. Testing can involve a parent interview, child interview, play-based assessment, rating scales / questionnaires, I.Q. testing, and / or achievement testing (depending on the specific concerns and conditions in question). Also, children and families can often benefit from structured therapy by setting up custom behavioral interventions, learning strategies, and parent training. While there is no true "cure" to these conditions (and the causes often remain elusive), with supportive parents and early testing and therapy interventions, children have a better chance of becoming well-adjusted and successful.
INFORMATION & SCHEDULING
Call (919) 805-0182 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology for more information and to schedule an appointment. Most new clients are scheduled for their first full appointment at the Cary, NC office location within one to two weeks of calling.
Wynns Family Psychology is a child psychologist / therapist practice in the Cary NC area.