Treatment for learning disabilities

Treatment for learning disabilities varies according to the nature of the condition and the severity of the related problems. In all cases, medical problems which are caused by the congenital condition or birth defect are treated as a priority; once these issues have been treated and controlled, there are a number of therapies and treatments which can be used to ease symptoms, encourage learning and development and improve aspects such as speech, language and behaviour.

There is no treatment to increase IQ but there are exercises and therapies which can improve coordination, balance, memory and concentration skills, which may help to improve performance. In many cases, there is no cure for the defect or condition, so treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms, improving the quality of life and encouraging independent living.

In some cases, such as ADHD, medication can be used to reduce the intensity of symptoms. Medication is prescribed by a doctor and the child’s condition should be monitored carefully.

Improving general health will often help to reduce the intensity of symptoms; for example, ensuring a child has a healthy diet, gets plenty of exercise and rests well can help to boost their health and this may improve their performance at school or college.

Therapies such as speech and language therapy and physiotherapy will help to improve communication skills, coordination and mobility; often, children with learning disabilities are referred to these specialists from an early age.

Learning Disabilities

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