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Louisville, KY: Parents, learn the signs-dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia; you're born with them

Aug 4, 2018, WDRB, Louisville, KY: Child psychologist outlines three learning disorders An expert outlines the three classified learning disorders, how to recognize them and conquer the new school year. ... A learning disorder will affect your child or several of their classmates, according to a local psychologist. As children go back to school, an expert outlines the three classified learning disorders, how to recognize them and conquer the new school year. According to Dr. Wright, there are three learning disorders. "Dyslexia is the most common of the three learning disorders. It accounts for 90 percent of individuals with the learning disorder," Dr. Wright said. Warning signs include difficulty processing sounds, decoding words, spelling and reading. Children are usually diagnosed with the hereditary condition around nine or ten years old. For Will, it was earlier, which is preferred…. Math disorder, or dyscalculia, is another disorder and much less common. Warning signs include poor visual and spatial skills and not understanding how numbers work. The third learning disorder is the inability to write coherently, or dysgraphia. Symptoms include trouble with motor skills like holding a pencil or forming letters, poor spelling and having a difficult time transferring thoughts onto paper so it makes sense. "About 50 percent of kids with learning disorders also have ADHD. They come together often times. So, when a parent comes to us and they say, 'I'm concerned my child might have ADHD,' we will always rule out learning disorders as well," Dr. Wright said. "ADHD is biologically based. it is not caused by bad parenting. It is something that you're born with, it runs in families." Dr. Wright says when it comes to ADHD, the cards are stacked against them because insurance companies don't pay for a full ADHD evaluation. "We are supposed to diagnose ADHD based on rating scales alone and parent teacher reports without doing the neuro-psychological assessment that is truly needed." A controversial topic when it comes to diagnosing ADHD is some say school is getting more difficult and some children just aren't ready for the workload. Dr. Wright said she and her team are very cautious about assessing young children….


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