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Specific Learning Disorders

Learning disorders are neurodevelopmental conditions that affect a child’s ability to acquire, process, and retain information. These disorders, which include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, do not indicate a lack of intelligence. Instead, they reflect a unique way of learning that requires tailored instructional strategies for the child to thrive in school and beyond.

Dyslexia affects reading skills, making it difficult for children to decode new words, spell, and write. Dyscalculia impacts mathematical abilities, causing struggles with understanding numbers and performing calculations. Dysgraphia involves difficulties in writing, from forming letters to organizing thoughts on paper.

The early identification and accurate diagnosis of learning disorders are crucial. With appropriate interventions, such as systematic phonics-based instruction for dyslexia or specialized math programs for dyscalculia, children can develop the skills needed to succeed academically.

Learning disorders can also significantly impact a child's mental health, particularly in relation to anxiety. The constant struggle to keep up with peers can lead to feelings of frustration, low self-esteem, and stress. These emotional challenges can exacerbate anxiety, making it essential to address both the learning and emotional needs of the child. Comprehensive support systems, including therapy and educational accommodations, can help mitigate these effects and foster a more positive learning experience.

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The Anxiety Center offers a comprehensive treatment strategy that includes scaffolded, evidence-based academic interventions through direct instruction. Our clinicians are trained in writing, math, and reading remediation interventions, which can be provided individually or in small groups. We focus on organizational skills training to help children start tasks, work through them, and establish effective homework routines.

Our services also include tutoring in content areas, strategic approaches to learning new information, and remediation of specific skillsets. For children with severe symptoms or those traveling long distances, we offer intensive learning treatments tailored to their unique educational needs, available several hours a day, multiple days a week.

Our Learning Disability Service team creates a nurturing environment to build successful learning experiences, enhancing both skills and self-confidence. We work closely with schools to ensure appropriate accommodations and consistent support, facilitating optimal learning outcomes for every child.

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