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Don’t let a learning disability stand in their way

A learning disability is not related to intelligence. But when we hear that someone has a learning disability, our first thought is they must find a classroom setting extremely difficult.

As a leading learning disability center, we leave no stone unturned in helping your little one get the best of therapy and care.

What is a learning disability?

Learning disability is a neurological disorder that impacts different areas of the brain responsible for functions like reading, writing, spelling, memory, logic and reasoning and organizing information.

‘My child has a learning disability’

Learning that your child has a learning disability can be very distressing at first. And we understand that completely. However, we’d like to urge you to just look around you. There are so many successful individuals around the world who have learning disabilities and have still scaled insurmountable odds!

Types of learning disabilities

The 7 types of learning disabilities are –

Auditory processing disorder (APD)




Visual perceptual/motor deficit

Language processing disorder

Non-verbal learning disabilities

Early signs of learning disabilities

Learning disabilities first get noticed when the child experiences difficulty in speaking, reading, writing, solving a math problem or paying attention in class. These difficulties can increase in their severity during the teen years when schoolwork gets more complicated.

Causes of learning disabilities

It’s still unclear how learning disabilities develop, but some theories postulate it could be due to –

Family history
Brain development – both before and after birth
Exposure to environmental toxins

Poor nutrition

Treatment and support

Learning disabilities are lifelong. But they do not have to take away anything from your child’s life. 

At Plexus, our team of learning disabilities experts, spearheaded by Dr Na’eem Sadiq, offer learning disability therapy plans designed to accommodate your child’s needs and priorities. 

Behaviour therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, etc. are some of the methods we employ to help your child achieve their potential and beyond.

What our patients say

FAQs answered

Some children begin as slow learners and are eventually able to learn and cope with their studies. Whereas, others may not be interested in specific types of learning (such as a new language, a specific activity or skill, or an academic subject). While some children may not be interested in sports or other outdoor activities. These attributes indicate the child’s interests, rather than a learning disability.

Experts say that there is no single, specific cause for Learning Disabilities. However, there are some factors that lead to their symptoms, including:

  • Heredity: In some cases, it is observed that a child whose parents experienced a Learning Disability, is likely to develop the same disorder.
  • Illness during and after birth: An illness or injury during or after birth may cause Learning Disabilities. Other possible factors could be drugs or alcohol consumption during pregnancy, physical trauma, poor growth in the uterus, low birth weight, and premature or prolonged labor.
  • Stress during infancy: A stressful incident after birth such as high fever, head injury, or poor nutrition can result in Learning Disabilities.
  • Environment: Increased exposure to toxins such as lead (in paint, ceramics, and toys) can lead to Learning Disabilities in children.
  • Comorbidity: Children with Learning Disabilities are at a higher-than-average risk of attention problems or disruptive behavior disorders. Up to 25 percent of children with reading disorders also have ADHD. Conversely, it is estimated that between 15 and 30 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have a Learning Disorder.
Identifying a Learning Disability is a complex process. The first step is to rule out vision, hearing, and developmental issues that can overshadow the underlying Learning Disability. Once these tests are completed, a Learning Disability is identified using psycho-educational assessment, which includes academic achievement testing along with a measure of intellectual capability. This test helps determine if there is any significant discrepancy between a child’s potential and performance capability (IQ) and their academic achievement (school performance).
Learning Disabilities is identified after a series of tests conducted by a team of specialists. Hence, you can approach a Neurologist, Occupational Therapist, special educator, or child psychologist to get your child assessed.

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