Learning disabilities affect all areas of life, not just education. Difficulty reading, writing and processing information can result in mental health challenges, social dilemmas, and daily frustrations. If you’ve gone through this or watched your child struggle, you may wonder, “Can learning disabilities be cured?”
In this discussion, we’ll go over potential treatments for learning disabilities to improve the quality of life for you or a loved one.
Types of Learning Disabilities
Each learning disability has a unique set of symptoms, thus requiring a unique set of solutions. That’s why the first step in treating a learning disability is diagnosing which condition a person has. Common types of learning disabilities include:
- Dyslexia: Difficulty reading words and letters
- Dyscalculia: Difficulty understanding math and numbers
- Dysgraphia: Difficulty with writing or fine motor skills
- Non-verbal Learning Disorders: Difficulty understanding facial expressions and non-verbal social cues
- Auditory Processing Disorder: Difficulty processing subtle differences in sounds
- Visual Processing Disorder: Difficulty interpreting visual information, such as charts, maps, and pictures
There are many other types of learning disabilities, including dyspraxia, dysphasia, and subcategories of the ones listed above. Symptoms of learning disabilities also overlap symptoms of other conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, autism, hearing impairments, and much more. During the psychological testing process, we can determine which learning disability is present, if any, and then recommend a path for treatment.
How Learning Disabilities Are Diagnosed
Learning disability testing is an umbrella term that covers a range of psychological tests. The process starts with an intake consultation, where our specialists determine which testing services a person may need. This may also involve gathering records, speaking to a referral source, reviewing background information, and anything else necessary to come up with a plan of action.
Learning disabilities are most often diagnosed in children, but we work with many adults with learning disabilities as well. Perhaps you struggled in school your whole life but found ways to work around your learning disability. A diagnosis now could give you better tools to handle experiences in your daily life. After testing is complete, one of our highly-trained neuropsychologists will create an intervention plan that corresponds to the diagnosis.
Can Learning Disabilities Be Cured?
Learning disabilities cannot be cured, but they can be treated, managed and minimized. The first step in the process is a professional diagnosis through psychological testing. From there, we can create a detailed intervention plan that is tailor made to address the learning disability. We focus on the person’s strengths and how to use those strengths to tackle different obstacles.
Learning disability treatment may include special education, IEPs, executive functions coaching, at-home training techniques, tools and technology designed for specific learning disorders, and much more. At CNLD Testing & Therapy, we provide educational advocacy and intervention planning after learning disability testing. You won’t be left wondering, “What’s next?” Instead, you’ll get compassionate, professional guidance from specialists in the field.