According to the National Institutes of Health, between 20 percent and 30 percent of children with ADHD also have some type of learning disability (LD). The most common and well known LD is dyslexia, but learning disabilities can be in reading, writing, mathematics, spelling or a combination of different areas. Up to 8% of all school age children struggle with some type of learning disability.
Some experts believe all children with ADHD should be tested for learning disabilities as well, however, most school districts will not perform tests on all children with ADHD if there are no specific symptoms of a LD. Symptoms such as inattention and inability to focus can be seen in some LDs as well as ADHD. In addition, weak organizational skills and weak executive functions are considered characteristics of both ADHD and LD, making detection and diagnosis difficult.
Health Central has recently introduced a new site, Friends of Quinn, to address the many issues surrounding learning disabilities.
Quinn C. Bradlee has been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia and Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome. He is involved in creating the site and has a blog to talk about the many challenges young adults with learning disabilities face each day. Quinn also answers questions posed by readers.
In addition to the focus on young adults, the site offers information for parents of children with learning disabilities.
As with all the sites at Healthcentral, there is a great deal of information available (I am contributing articles to Friends of Quinn as well as continuing to write for ADHDCentral) and there are blogs to help reach out to others, ask questions and read about other people's experiences with LD.
I hope you will stop by the site and look around, ask questions or post on the blogs.
Published On: December 16, 2008