Learning Disorders Treatment

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How Are Learning Disorders Treated?

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997, children with learning disorders are entitled to receive special education if they satisfy the criteria set forth by law for a disability that can hinder educational performance. The IDEA mandates the setting up of special education facilities to be handled by qualified teachers. Likewise, children suffering from this disorder can also work with a behavioral therapist in their classroom. Under the law, the following interventions are to be provided by schools to children with learning disabilities: 7

  • Special Education. This should be conducted during certain periods of time daily. Likewise, the child may be assigned to full time special education classes or transferred to special schools catering to children with this disorder.
  • Support Personnel. The school should also provide the child with their own behavioral therapist, tutors, note-takers, proofreaders, readers, and other support personnel.
  • Related Services. This may include administration of various therapeutic approaches such as speech and language, psychological or social services, and occupational therapy
  • Equipments. Machines for children with learning disorders may include word processors, recording devices, spelling aids, talking calculators, among others.
  • Personalized Accommodations. The child with learning disability should be given extra time to accomplish their tests or provided with alternative homework.

Specific educational assistance is the best form of treatment for individuals with learning disabilities. Remedial training in the subjects where the child with learning disorder is weakest should best be handled by qualified teachers, reading experts, or special class tutors.8

Under the law, the school should design Individual Educational Plans for children with learning disabilities in order to establish an extensive method for the child. Parents should play a key role in the development of Individual Education Plans. Aside from that, the child should be encouraged to participate in other non-reading activities. Allowing them to compete in sports or artistic activities can be helpful in the treatment process of learning disorders.

Could You Have Learning Disorders?

Learning Disorders Topics

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