Learning differences and disorders

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Learning differences come in many forms, but all affect a child's ability to process information and to do well in school. More serious developmental disorders also affect how children learn and grow, and can make it more difficult for them to interact socially, interpret others' actions, or understand their own feelings and emotions.

Early evaluation is key

Sometimes the line between learning differences and developmental disorders becomes blurred, or the conditions overlap. But both can be helped by expert evaluation and early intervention.

If you have questions or concerns about your child's learning or development, contact your doctor or find the Behavioral Health, Mental Health, or Psychiatry departments close to you. Learn how to access care in your area.

Reviewed by: Robert Riewerts, MD, 2018

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