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Subject: Re: Undiagnosed LD, Mental Illness, etc. Date: 12/18/2006 10:17 AM
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DeterminedMom said:
It does sound like a possible reading LD and perhaps a language LD.

2Gifts said:
I was thinking it might be some sort of processing disability similar to what my son has.

Thank you each for giving me some thoughts on the types of LD. The only one I've had any information on previously is "dyslexia." I've also heard of "dyscalculia." In general, I've also heard of some sort of aural LD in which even if someone can hear and understand language at one level, they are unable to process what they hear; this may or may not be related to what you each referred to in some form, as in language LD or processing disability.

One reason I was hoping for a LD board is that I could get more general information about exactly what are learning disabilities, the broad range, categories, and depth of related dysfunctions and disabilities. Thus far I haven't been reading too much in general, though this site http://learningdisabilities.about.com/ is one resource, but a lot to field through and unless I've missed it, I haven't found any articles there that explain different types of LD.

Of course, I do realize in a general sense they are separate from ADHD, but it's possible he has both as co-existing conditions (another article there is http://add.about.com/cs/education/a/learning_2.htm?terms=learning+disabilities ).

Separately, I wonder if when he's assessed, whether some sort of general intelligence and reasoning test (not necessarily an IQ test) will also be administered simultaneously, or if this is done only after being assessed for LD. I'd assume some basic, preliminary assessment on intelligence and reasoning is done initially, but perhaps not as indepth as a separate session.

For him, sometimes when I hear him give me some type of assessment or analysis of a situation, a piece of entertainment, or when I ask him to recap what I've been saying in discussion, his understanding is so completely off the wall (I would say shockingly, appalling, grossly, skewed, but not usually diametrically opposed to what I've said). Either that, or he takes things so literally (this was best illustrated when I had him read a poem and asked for his interpretation).

If it's not poor reasoning, then maybe there's a way of adapting how he's taught and what he learns. If it is a matter of low intelligence, then we can restrategize and reassess what type of learning material and subject matter is more suitable.

Admittedly I've been feeling very frustrated and impotent in trying to "mentor" him with few tools. Since he's clearly, finally, a legal adult, now it's up to him to accept and take responsibility for getting support and guidance for himself without it being censored or prohibited via his parents.

Thank you.
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