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Learning Disabilities


Learning Disabilities can make it hard for children to keep up with their classmates, and they may struggle to manage exams, tests, homework, and classroom activities.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities can make it hard for children to keep up with their classmates, and they may struggle to manage exams, tests, homework, and classroom activities.

Learning Disabilities

Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities can cause children to fall behind at school, no matter how hard they try because they struggle when faced with the methods most children respond to.

The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, offers a solution in the form of educational therapy, an individualized program that helps students make sense of information.

To find out how educational therapy can help you or your child overcome learning disabilities, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today. The clinic is now offering Telehealth to clients in California, Texas, and Florida!


Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are problems that start in childhood and affect the way you process information. There are many different types of learning disabilities, including:

  • Dyscalculia 
  • Dyslexia 
  • Hyperlexia 
  • Dysgraphia 
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • ADD (attention deficit disorder)

These conditions make it hard for children to keep up with their classmates, and they may struggle to manage exams, tests, homework, and classroom activities.

Learning disabilities are most often math-related (dyscalculia), or reading and writing-related (dyslexia, hyperlexia, and dysgraphia). Behavioral problems, including ADHD and ADD, make it difficult for children to focus.

Children can have one or a mixture of different learning disabilities, or may have some characteristics of several without meeting the criteria for a specific disorder.

Learning disabilities create barriers to understanding. Helping children and adults who have these problems focuses on finding ways around these barriers.

The learning specialists at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic balance the need for step-by-step, direct instruction with higher level and open-ended, creative thinking. For instance, rather than telling you how to solve a problem and then giving you a similar problem to solve, your learning specialist helps you discover the strategies that work for you. 

The team embraces a systematic approach and adapts to the needs of an individual learner. Sessions are light-hearted and fun but provide the rigor needed for academic growth. Students are empowered to make decisions for themselves, recognize the value of learning from their mistakes, and become independent problem solvers.

The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic uses specially designed lessons that allow the learning specialists to improve students’ understanding of basic concepts in reading, writing, and math. At the same time, they’re working on improving the underlying processing challenges that affect students’ ability to learn.

Writing lessons might involve:

  • Penmanship
  • Verbal expression
  • Planning and organization
  • Grammar
  • Summarizing
  • Elaborating
  • Short answers
  • Essays
  • Word choice

Math lessons can include:

  • Number sense
  • Quantity sense
  • Word problems
  • Procedural and conceptual thinking
  • Visual-spatial skills.

Reading lessons could focus on aspects such as:

  • Working memory
  • Processing speed
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics principles
  • Visual memory
  • Comprehension
  • Imagery
  • Note-taking
  • Critical thinking

Every session includes holistic brain-based learning using a range of multisensory materials and methods. Learning specialists also use specialist cognitive improvement programs such as LearningRx® brain training.

To find out more about support for people who have learning disabilities, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today to book an appointment.


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Dr. Abbey Designed a neuro feedback, visual training for my son who has overall delays. Devin made exceptional progress as a 27 year old young adult. In comparison to therapy he had has for years there was significant changes in social skils, verbal skills, attention and coordination. It was like taking steps in cognitive skills...

Pamela J.

Submitted 09/22/20

I am a private psychologist who has referred many clients to Dr. Abbey's clinic for both assessment and treatment. Dr. Abbey and his staff members have all been extremely helpful and both my clients and their families have reported effective treatment and positive experiences. The assessments and treatment...

Psycologist A.

Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey and his colleagues are extremely passionate about their work and truly care about providing the highest quality services to their clients. He is very knowledgable and dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment services to children to enrich their lives. He provides treatments that are based upon current research...

Eric P.

Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey saved our family. This might sound like hyperbole, but it is true. At 5 years, my son was almost non-verbal, and diagnosed by Stanford as being on the Autistic spectrum, and rated 9/10 on the ADHD scale. No private school would take him. A Doctor at the CHADD conference recommend Dr. Abbey to us, and when he did a brain map...

Tina Y.

Submitted 08/26/20

I am not easy to impress when it comes to practitioners. I have been through 20 years of Lyme and mold illness and seen hundreds (literally) of practitioners. Rachael Little at Abbey has been my practitioner for LENS neurofeedback, and I love working with her. She's compassionate, bright, and has a variety of tools that she is well-versed...

Scott F.

Submitted 08/26/20

The clinic itself is fine. The building is in a convenient location on Cal Ave and there's usually parking. Wish they'd leave the bathroom door unlocked, tho. What I'm more interested in is recommending therapist Rachael Little to anyone hoping to feel better or at least know that someone out there cares. I ended up with Rachael mostly by luck...

Matt C.

Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey is dedicated to his clients and is truly an expert in his field. The time and attention he devotes to his clients is evident. I strongly recommend this practice if you or your child need intervention for an attention or learning disorder. This is a well run clinic that focuses on the client and leverages the staff and Dr. Abbey's expertise...

Jamien S.

Submitted 08/05/20

Neurofeedback at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic has been life changing for my family. I have been shocked and delighted by the amazing progress my 6 year old son has made. My son had a mix of autistic, obsessive compulsive, defiant, hyperactive and inattentive symptoms that have melted away after neurofeedback...

Allison S.

Submitted 08/04/20
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