Learning Differences and ADHD in School Aged Children

Academic difficulties can become especially pronounced during the adolescent years. This is when schoolwork begins to become more challenging and demanding, preparing students for more complex high school coursework and eventually, college- and university-level classes. Sometimes, young people have minimal academic struggles throughout their elementary school years, but then face difficulties in adolescence when academic…

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Adult Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that is characterized by struggles with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. The reading difficulties experienced by an individual with dyslexia are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Individuals identified as having dyslexia typically…

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ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders no longer includes the diagnosis of ADD. Instead, it includes all disorders of attention as ADHD and then qualifies them as one of the following: Primarily Inattentive Primarily Hyperactive Combined Type (both inattentive and hyperactive) Individual who are primarily hyperactive are typically easy…

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Diagnostic Learning Services on ADHD Rewired Podcast

Laurie Peterson, Director and owner of Diagnostic Learning Services, was recently featured on 2 episodes of the ADHD Rewired podcast with Eric Tivers. Laurie completed an assessment with Eric. Over the course of the podcast, the assessment results were discussed. If you ever wondered the kind of information that can be learned during an evaluation,…

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Emotional Distress Syndrome and ADHD

So many of the kids and adults we see with ADHD experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and inadequacy.  This is due to repeated failures that they experience while living with ADHD. Day after day individuals with ADHD are faced with ways that they have not been able to measure up or get the job done…

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ADHD – Misdiagnosed

ADHD is defined as a chronic condition that consists of a combination of persistent problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  A typical evaluation for ADHD includes a questionnaire for the teacher and a questionnaire for the parents. The questions are centered around observations of sustained attention, hyperactive behavior, and impulsivity.  Checking enough…

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How Our Assessments are Different

When a student is struggling in school, an evaluation can be performed so that the cause for the struggles can be uncovered. So, here is what happens when a school district (or a lot of school trained diagnosticians working outside the districts) completes an evaluation. First, the student’s processing skills are assessed. In order to…

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When Do You Need an Advocate

A Special Education Advocate is a professional who helps families navigate the laws surrounding both Special Education and Section 504. An Advocate is usually called in when a family feels that the school district is not acting in the best interest of their student.  An advocate has working knowledge of state and federal laws that…

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