Learning Disorders

Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are umbrella terms for a wide variety of learning problems. Learning disorders look very different from one person to the next – some may struggle with reading and spelling, while others have a hard time with math. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation – it is something that people are born with. A child diagnosed with a learning disability is not stupid or lazy. Even though we now know how to mitigate the effects of most learning disorders with specific, targeted approaches to learning, they can be frustrating for children. Children with a learning disability may have difficulty in the classroom and outside of it and sometimes have trouble expressing their feelings, making friends, calming themselves down, or reading nonverbal cues. A qualified mental health professional can help. If you, a child in your care, or a family member has been diagnosed with a learning disability, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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People with learning disorders such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and executive functioning issues often have gifts on the flip side that are buried deep within after years of being told they "aren't trying hard enough." Over time they begin to fuse with the thought that they are stupid when in fact many are highly intelligent. I offer parent coaching and support to help children with learning disorders reach their fullest potential. I provide advocacy, support and therapy to help address deficits and build on strengths to improve overall sense of competence and self esteem. I also refer to local community resources and specialists (occupational/speech therapy, developmental optometrists, educational specialists) as needed.

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

Learning disorders can impact kids, teens and their parents in unexpected ways. It's not only that academics can be challenging, but also the way you hear what people say to you, your relationships, your emotions and resulting behavior can be significantly affected. Ever had your child with ADHD have a complete meltdown when transitioning from one activity to another? Ever struggled to get your child with a Reading Disorder off to school? Then you know exactly what I'm talking about.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Frederick, MD

I have a learning difference which I continually learn to navigate I have family members with learning differences. I am a relentless advocate for them and others with neurodiverse brains and learning differences.

— Kyla Burford, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have a background in LD/ADHD assessments and neuropsychology. Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, I obtained a Master's in Learning Disabilities from one of the top institutions in the field, Northwestern University. I can help you interpret your testing results, understand how they impact your day-to-day functioning, and teach you to advocate for yourself or your child whether at school or in the workplace. Being neurodivergent doesn't mean there is something "wrong".

— Lori Bolnick, Clinical Psychologist in Schaumburg, IL

I'm a licensed & certified school psychologist who worked in the school system for years doing educational testing, counseling, & crisis response before I decided to branch off on my own & open a private practice. My experience in the schools gives me a unique perspective as a private practice owner; I now have much more time to spend with my clients (finally!), but I also have the knowledge of the ins, outs, strengths, & weaknesses of the psychological services available in our education system

— Farah Downs, Educational Psychologist in Maitland, FL

As a specialist in learning disorders, my role as an assessor and educational consultant is crucial in identifying specific challenges and developing effective academic strategies. I focus on detailed evaluations to secure appropriate 504 accommodations, ensuring students with learning disorders receive the necessary support. My expertise lies in understanding each student's unique learning needs, assisting parents through the 504 and IEP process.

— Bryce Gibbs PhD, Clinical Psychologist in austin, TX

I am somebody who has struggled with dyslexia attention deficit. I know what it’s like to be told that you will never be able to own a house own a new car because you will never be able to get a job that will pay enough to support that type of lifestyle.... You can read my page about supporting individuals with learning the differences at https://lljc.live/counseling-for-dyslexia-and-learning-disabilities/ . There is not enough space for me to dive into that here.

— Justice Arledge, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I will be leading a class for families navigating the complexities of special education. I hold a Professional Educators License (PEL) and have experience working in the public education system that accredits me to provide school social work services. As a current mental health therapist, I invite parents and caregivers to learn about the special education process in a supportive therapeutic environment.

— Ami Goetz, Therapist in Chicago, IL

I offer psychological evaluation services to adolescents (15+) and adults for the purposes of clarifying diagnoses related to, but not limited to learning disorders.

— Chelsea Martin, Clinical Psychologist in Fort Collins, CO

I support children and teens who experience learning disorders as well as support parents and caregivers who have children with learning disorders. My psychoeducational assessments will help to detect the possibility of any learning disability or intellectual giftedness. I can help you interpret the testing results, understand how they impact your child, and provide recommendations to support your child.

— Karlene Gacita, Psychologist in Georgetown, TX

Testing for learning disorders can identify differences in learning styles in children and teens. This testing can reveal areas of need such as reading, writing, spelling, and math and can diagnose dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc. Understanding your child's strengths and weaknesses is important for academic success. I will help to provide recommendations for school when needed.

— Heather Joppich, Psychologist in Nashville, TN

Greg has a particular, personal affinity for working with individuals who have neurodevelopmental issues such as reading challenges, ADHD, and are on the ASD spectrum. He strives to help clients understand the causes and nature of their challenges and successfully navigate the associated difficulties, improving relations in all areas of daily life.

— Greg Hill, Psychotherapist in Toronto,

Having a learning disability can create and define you, whether or not you want it. You have struggled and continue to struggle with your relationships, home life, work life and school. You often feel helpless hopeless unworthy misunderstood isolated My approach to helping you is to process your experiences, develop a new narrative around this label and create a new and empowered sense of self.

— Nicole Woolf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker