When a child demonstrates learning disabilities in the classroom, at home or in a social situation, it's something that you don't want to overlook. Behavioral disorders in adolescence are often linked to learning disabilities that are prevalent in childhood. There are several learning disabilities in teenage years that adolescents may face, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. Sometimes these learning disorders lead to behavioral disorders, such as avoidance behavior, and emotional problems. Thus, it's vital to recognize the signs of learning disabilities and understand what to do. Here are some important factors to consider:
How Learning Disabilities Develop Into Behavioral Disorders
According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, an estimated 50 percent of people who have learning disabilities also have at least one comorbid condition. Some common comorbid conditions or disorders related to learning disabilities include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), avoidance behavior and issues with controlling emotions. Links to emotional behavior typically aren’t one-time incidents. These issues generally reoccur over a period of time and are chronic. Thus, not addressing learning disabilities in children can potentially lead to behavioral disorders when they grow into adolescents. This can interrupt learning and even make interacting in social situations challenging.
Behavioral Issues Often Mask Learning Disabilities
From temper tantrums to outright defiance, teens with behavioral issues often are misdiagnosed or overlooked as "troublemakers." However, these behavioral issues may actually mask a learning disorder. It's important to be able to recognize the signs. Pay attention to both what is happening and when it's happening, too. Here are some common indicators of learning disabilities:
- Impulsive behavior
- Difficulty with paying attention
- Issues with following directions
- Inappropriate responses to situations in social settings or at school
- Difficulty with reading or solving math problems
- Issues with organization
- Mood swings
Brain Balance and Learning Disorders
While it's important to recognize the signs of behavioral issues and learning disabilities, that's not enough to resolve the issue. An evaluation is the first step to begin getting your child the assistance she needs. That's why it's important to get a proper assessment from a professional or team of professionals who are certified experts and can provide a full evaluation. By taking the time to get an evaluation, you can provide your child with the help that can aid in curtailing behavioral disorders that may develop in his/her teenage years. Contact us to learn how you can schedule a comprehensive assessment for your child today!