Learning Disorders Research

(Also Known As: Learning Disability Research, Nonverbal Learning Disorders Research, Learning Disorder NOS Research, Cognitive Learning Disorders Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Learning Disorders

Current research on individuals with learning disorders reveal that managing individuals with this disorder can have a significant impact on the whole family. While research on the impact of learning deficiencies on the individual is extensive, there is a limited number of research on how learning disorders can impact the whole family 10.

Several studies have indicated that there is considerable stress among parents of a child with a learning disorder. In a study conducted by Margalit & Heiman, it was revealed that the mother of a child with learning deficiencies is prone to anxiety, compared to mothers of children with no learning disorder. This was verified by the results of similar studies, which revealed that mothers of children with LD are more prone to stress than those who have children without the disorder.

A 2006 study by Antshel & Joseph revealed that mothers of children with learning disabilities recorded a high degree of stress compared to mothers of children without LD. Parents of children suffering from reading deficiencies had a high degree of general stress but mothers of the children with nonverbal learning deficiencies indicated poor interactions with their child. This study likewise revealed that the degree of learning disability in a child is attributed to a high level of maternal stress in mothers of children with nonverbal LD. This, however, is not the case in children with learning disabilities. In the case of a child suffering from reading deficiencies, maternal stress was associated with age, social support, and psychological problems.

Studies, likewise, reveal stress is not only felt by the parents but also the siblings of the child with LD. According to the research, the siblings of the disabled child may experience a low self-concept. In 1990, a study by Waggoner & Wilgosh revealed that siblings of children with learning disorders reported feelings of being ignored, but have gotten used to getting minimal attention.

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Related Conditions

Asperger’s Syndrome – autism, restricted social interaction
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity
Autism – impaired social interaction, impaired communication ability, Asperger’s Syndrome
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – delayed development in language, motor skills and social functions, autism, repetitive behavior
Mental Retardation – sub-average cognitive function, developmental delays, learning disorders
Rett’s Disorder – pervasive developmental disorder, cognitive impairment, regressing condition