Along with the Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Chloe was diagnosed with Learning Disabilities Not Otherwise Specified (LD NOS).
What is LD NOS? This is a disorder in learning that does not meet specific criteria for any specific Learning Disorder. A child with a Learning Disorder might have problems all 3 areas (reading/language (Dyslexia), Math (Dyscalculia), and Writing (Dsgraphia)). Chloe is only 6 years old and is in Kindergarten so I think it’s hard to see what areas she might have a specific Learning Disorder in. I guess that is way they labled her with LD NOS. Anways, she will be having further testing in June and she will also be seeing a Neurologist in April.
Chloe is a pleaser and tries very hard but sometimes she does have trouble following instructions, concentrating and retaining what she just learned. I read that learning disabilities are caused by abnormality in the nervous systems that affects receiving, processing, or communicating information. I asked the Doctor if she thought Heterotaxy could cause Learning Disorders. She said, no. Children diagnosed with a Learning disability may also be diagnosed with ADHD. This is what happened in Chloe’s case. I also learned that LD NOS and ADHD may run in families.
It is very important detected and treat Learning Disabilities or ADHD early. This will help prevent low self-esteem and behavioral problems in ones child. I believe in positive reinforcement with Chloe. I always try to point out the good and never the negative. I firmly do not believe in medicating Chloe and creating new health issues for her. Chloe already has enough health issues to deal with.
If you think your child may have a learning disability you should have them evaluated by educational and mental health a professional for which includes educational and psychological testing. The team will also talk to the parents, the child and may even consult with your child’s teacher in order to help them with the diagnosis.