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Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities / Dyslexia

Does your child struggle with school? Does he or she dread reading out loud, writing an essay, or tackling a math problem? While every kid has trouble with homework from time to time, if a certain area of learning is consistently problematic, it might indicate a learning disorder. By understanding all you can about learning disabilities, you can ensure your child gets the right help to overcome classroom challenges and succeed in life.

Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb. In fact, most are just as smart as everyone else. Their brains are simply wired differently. This difference affects how they receive and process information.

Simply put, children and adults with learning disabilities see, hear, and understand things differently. This can lead to trouble with learning new information and skills, and putting them to use. The most common types of learning disabilities involve problems with reading, writing, math, reasoning, listening, and speaking.

It can be tough to face the possibility that your child has a learning disorder. No parents want to see their children suffer. You may wonder what it could mean for your child’s future, or worry about how your kid will make it through school. Perhaps you’re concerned that by calling attention to your child's learning problems he or she might be labeled "slow" or assigned to a less challenging class.

But the important thing to remember is that most kids with learning disabilities are just as smart as everyone else. They just need to be taught in ways that are tailored to their unique learning styles. By learning more about learning disabilities in general, and your child’s learning difficulties in particular, you can help pave the way for success at school and beyond

The following checklist lists some common red flags for learning disorders. Remember that children who don’t have learning disabilities may still experience some of these difficulties at various times. The time for concern is when there is a consistent unevenness in your child’s ability to master certain skills.

Preschool signs and symptoms of learning disabilities

  • Problems pronouncing words
  • Trouble finding the right word
  • Difficulty rhyming
  • Trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week
  • Difficulty following directions or learning routines
  • Difficulty controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors, or coloring within the lines
  • Trouble with buttons, zippers, snaps, learning to tie shoes

Ages 5-9 signs and symptoms of learning disabilities

  • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words
  • Confuses basic words when reading
  • Consistently misspells words and makes frequent reading errors
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences
  • Slow to learn new skills

Ages 10-13 signs and symptoms of learning disabilities

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension or math skills
  • Trouble with open-ended test questions and word problems
  • Dislikes reading and writing; avoids reading aloud
  • Spells the same word differently in a single document
  • Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized)
  • Trouble following classroom discussions and expressing thoughts aloud
  • Poor handwriting

Learning disabilities in reading (dyslexia)

There are two types of learning disabilities in reading. Basic reading problems occur when there is difficulty understanding the relationship between sounds, letters and words. Reading comprehension problems occur when there is an inability to grasp the meaning of words, phrases, and paragraphs.

Signs of reading difficulty include problems with:

  • letter and word recognition
  • understanding words and ideas
  • reading speed and fluency
  • general vocabulary skills

When it comes to learning disabilities, it's not always easy to know what to do and where to find help. Turning to specialists who can pinpoint and diagnose the problem is, of course, important. You will also want to work with your child's school to make accommodations for your child and get specialized academic help. But don't overlook your own role. You know your child better than anyone else, so take the lead in looking into your options, learning about new treatments and services, and overseeing your child's education.

  • Learn the specifics about your child’s learning disability.

Read and learn about your child’s type of learning disability. Find out how the disability affects the learning process and what cognitive skills are involved. It’s easier to evaluate learning techniques if you understand how the learning disability affects your child.

  • Research treatments, services, and new theories.

Along with knowing about the type of learning disability your child has, educate yourself about the most effective treatment options available. This can help you advocate for your child at school and pursue treatment at home.

  • Pursue treatment and services at home.

Even if the school doesn’t have the resources to treat your child’s learning disability optimally, you can pursue these options on your own at home or with a therapist or tutor.

LEARNING DISABILITIES treatment and assessment: Treatment starts at home with Diet

As a parent, you have a huge influence over your child’s treatment. Evidence shows that eating a specially formulated diet such as those formulated by Dr. Daniel Amen, and practiced by Dr. Edward Chan, Principal Consultant Child Psychologist and accredited Amen Clinics practitioner can help your child manage the symptoms of LEARNING DISABILITIES. That means your child can begin treatment for LEARNING DISABILITIES today—at home.


LEARNING DISABILITIES treatment needs to be based on accurate LEARNING DISABILITIES assessments which not only cover the psychological assessments but also LEARNING DISABILITIES laboratory diagnostic tests. As J. McCandles, author of "Children with Starving Brains" reported, Anti LEARNING DISABILITIES Nutritional Supplements need to be tailored to Your child's brain's needs based on LEARNING DISABILITIES laboratory diagnostic tests as offered at the International Psychology Centre such as gene tests, neurotransmitters tests, heavy metal toxicity tests, gut dysfunction stool tests that identify the nutrients lacking in your child's brain due to a variety of reasons including genetic, wrong diet, and environmental toxins.


  • Nurture your child’s strengths.

Even though children with learning disabilities struggle in one area of learning, they may excel in another. Pay attention to your child’s interests and passions. Helping children with learning disorders develop their passions and strengths will probably help them with the areas of difficulty as well.

LEARNING DISABILITIES behavioural therapy which includes learning better social, emotional and communications skills are all part of a balanced treatment plan that can improve Your Child's performance at school, improve Your Child’s relationships with others, and decrease stress and frustration. LEARNING DISABILITIES treatment is more effective when the child is properly addressed by professional psychologists who are LEARNING DISABILITIES experts so that effective treatments are formulated based on the assessment that address emotional, behavioral and nutritional issues of LEARNING DISABILITIES which medications cannot address.

PsychoNutritional Therapy available at Optimum Well-Being Laboratories™ includes:

Heavy Metal Detoxification

With an ever-growing levels of toxic metals in the environment and the widespread mineral deficiencies resulting from this our lifestyles and poor dietary habit there is an increasing need for detoxification. High levels of mercury, aluminum, cadmium and lead are known to cause learning dysfunctions in children. Heavy metal detoxification with nutritional therapy can be done safely to rid of the dangerous and toxic heavy metals in your child’s brain so that your child can learn effectively.

Nutritional Therapy for Delayed & Immediate Food Allergies / Intolerance (IGE / IGG4)

Food intolerances are often difficult to detect and can be an important factor in both acute and chronic physical as well as psychological health. Food allergies/intolerances are linked to the onset of concentration and learning disorders. This therapy helps your child to overcome specific food and environmental intolerances/allergies.

AA/EPA//DHA Therapy

AA/EPA/DHA balance is critical to maintain good ability to learn and good emotion balance.

Neurotransmitters Therapy

This therapy allows us to correct your child’s brain neurotransmitters imbalances and deficiencies which are linked to learning disabilities.

Leaky Gut Therapy

Poor digestion, leaky gut, malabsorption & toxin absorptions contribute to various cognitive and learning issues such as attention, hyperactivity, discipline behaviour, learning, concentration, mood and stress. This therapy allows us to heal ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’, which is a condition whereby the lining of the digestive tract becomes damaged and the contents of the gut can be too easily absorbed, allowing large food particles, bacterial products and toxins absorbed by the gut, initiating a series of gastrointestinal problems which leads to brain related disorders such as learning disabilities.

EpiGenetic therapy

This therapy enables detoxification and antioxidant processes problem from genetic causes to be corrected so that normal and healthy brain functions are restored and curing learning disabilities.

Hormonal Therapy

Imbalance & deficiency in hormone can be inborn or environmentally caused and give rinse to learning disabilities. This therapy corrects these imbalances and deficiencies so that normal and healthy emotions and behaviours are restored and curing learning disabilities.