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Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Many children with ADHD also have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory or visual perception issues. The fact that these conditions can co-exist often complicates the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Although ADHD is not specifically referred to as a learning disability, if it accompanies a learning disability it can make it even harder for a child to perform well in school.

Imagine if you were a child who is already struggling with reading or math, and in addition, teachers and parents are complaining about your short attention span and seeming unwillingness to finish projects or homework assignments? These children often feel frustrated, angry, and hopeless. If their double issues of an LD and ADHD are not addressed individually, attempts to deal with one or the other can be frustrating.

"44% of parents who noticed their child exhibiting signs of problems with learning waited a year or more before acknowledging their child might have a serious problem." (Source: Roper Starch Poll: Measuring Progress in Public and Parental Understanding of Learning Disabilities)

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