More than 2.4 million students in the US have been diagnosed with a learning disability.
Early recognition of learning difficulties is crucial to one’s success in not only academics, but in daily life. Difficulties might be in reading, written expression, mathematics or more specifically with executive functioning skills, working memory or processing speed. Learning differences in one specific area often impacts learning in other domains. 17-70% of children with arithmetic disorders show reading problems and 11-56% with reading disorders have arithmetic problems. Reading disabilities are the most common diagnosed learning challenge. One can have difficulties with accuracy, rate, fluency, or comprehension. Specific learning disabilities include dyslexia (reading), dyscalculia (math), or dysgraphia (writing). Our clinic approaches learning disabilities from two sides: cognitive and skill-based.
Is your child falling behind in school? Mispronouncing or skipping pieces of or full words? Are they falling behind their classmates? Not performing to their full potential? Taking longer than same age peers to complete tasks, tests, or assignments? Are they reading without understanding the text or do they understand the text but can’t explain? Do they avoid activities related to a specific learning area? Do they appear worried when faced with an academic task, presentation, or exam?
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Students with learning disabilities may have difficulties acquiring knowledge or staying at the same academic level as their peers. Our comprehensive evaluation would help determine what is at the core of your child’s struggles with learning. Identifying the specific learning difference will inform which evidence-based intervention is most appropriate. Assessments can also highlight the ways in which a specific learning difference may be impacting other learning or social emotional domains (e.g. anxiety and depression). We recommend completing a comprehensive evaluation to get a full picture rather than seeking a specific diagnosis, which may lead to an incomplete understanding of what is impacting your child’s learning.
treatment: neurofeedback with educational therapy
Our clients have had great success combining neurofeedback with educational therapy. Often, children or adolescents’ progress can plateau with traditional forms of tutoring or even remediation programs. By combining these two interventions, we can target the foundational skills that need to be developed while also targeting the specific areas in the brain and training them towards optimal activity (ex. frontal lobe for executive functioning skills or temporal lobe for written and verbal expression, comprehension, reading). These learning skills must be taught using direct, explicit multi-sensory instruction and will typically not be acquired by maturation. Alleviating one’s anxiety or increasing attention and focus through neurofeedback accelerates a student’s ability engage in educational therapy.