Learning Disabilities and ADHD 

How can learning disabilities and ADHD influence you or your child’s life?

“My thoughts are like butterflies. They are beautiful, but they fly away.”

― Anonymous

Many kids struggle to do their best in school.  As grades drop and stress rises, children and teens may lose confidence in their academic ability.   

Parents and teachers often notice issues with turning in homework, making mistakes, understanding broad concepts, and feelings of frustration with certain tasks.  These issues are typically identified during childhood or adolescence, but many people may go undiagnosed well into adulthood.

Learning disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are relatively well-known issues that affect both children and adults. Prevalence is rather high, with 5% of children and 2.5% of adults estimated to be diagnosed with ADHD and an estimated 5%-15% of children and 4% of adults diagnosed with learning disabilities (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). These difficulties make learning and skill application difficult, leading to decreased performance at work and school. Often, ADHD and learning disabilities co-occur, which can make functioning even more of a challenge (Mayes, Calhoun, & Crowell, 2000). 

The key to addressing these issues is early detection and intervention. At Variations Psychology, we understand the unique challenges that living with ADHD or a learning disability, and we want to help. Conveniently located here in the Newport Beach area, we provide both testing and psychotherapy for ADHD and learning disabilities.   Continue reading to learn more about these issues, and how Variations Psychology can help.  Do not wait to find answers for yourself or your child, contact us today! 

What is a Learning Disorder?

Do you or your child have particular difficulties in reading, writing, or math?  Learning disorders occur when someone’s cognitive ability is incongruent with their capacity to apply knowledge.  In other words, a highly intelligent person who is unable to read might have a learning disability in reading.  A specific learning disorder is diagnosed when an individual is having difficulty in specific subject areas. The most common areas of impairment are in reading, written expression, and mathematics (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Many of these issues can co-occur, which makes multiple subjects difficult.  For example, difficulties with reading may also impact the ability to learn from a math textbook.

Some symptoms of specific learning disorder include (DSM-5):

  • Inaccurate or slow reading of words

  • Difficulty in spelling

  • Difficulty in mathematical reasoning

  • Difficulty in understanding the meaning of what is read

  • Difficulty in writing

  • The areas of impairment are quantifiably below the expected levels for chronological age

When a specific learning disorder is present, it can often affect feelings of self-worth.  As you feel less able to do what your peers can do, your confidence and motivation to learn may dissipate. This may cause you to feel hopeless or set lower expectations for yourself (Hen & Goroshit, 2012). 

With professional support, people can overcome some of these challenges. Our team at Variations Psychology is expertly trained for these issues – and we want to help.  If you would like to receive consultation, testing, or treatment regarding learning disabilities, contact us today!

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Do you or a loved one have difficulty with organizational skills, focusing on particular tasks, or maintaining proper behavior?  Many children and adults in the Newport Beach area struggle with the effects of unmanaged Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.  ADHD is a diagnosis with a heavy stigma – one that defines people with ADHD as “lazy,” undisciplined, or erratic. 

ADHD is marked by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that impairs social and academic functioning.  These symptoms are often detected early in childhood, but many adults may also struggle with these symptoms.  

Some indicators of ADHD may include (DSM-5):

  • Difficulty with attention to detail

  • Losing things often

  • Difficulty organizing activities and tasks

  • Difficulty maintaining attention on tasks

  • Talking excessively

  • Fidgets or squirms in seat

  • Has difficulty being still for an extended time

ADHD can make it difficult to complete structured tasks, which can often make people appear uninterested, disorganized, or rude.  With professional support, you and your child can learn ways to cope with these symptoms. At Variations Psychology, we want to equip you with the tools for overcoming the difficulties of ADHD and move toward a better future.  If you or a loved one struggles with keeping focus, staying organized, or maintaining structure, contact us today!  Our team of well-trained specialists in ADHD and learning disabilities can help you find answers.  

How Can Variations Psychology Help?

Early detection and treatment for ADHD and learning disabilities is important.  However, our services are designed to meet the needs of all patients interested in overcoming difficulties at school or work.  

Variations Psychology provides consultation, assessment (testing), and treatment services for children, teens, and adults in the Newport Beach, California area who struggle with ADHD or learning disabilities.  We strive to improve you or your child’s performance, and we are dedicated to promoting your health and wellbeing.  

The Variations team is composed of specialists in the areas of Clinical Psychology, School and Educational Psychology, Child Development, and Psychological and Educational Testing. The experience and training of the team hosts a group of professionals that are ready to connect with you and provide specialized services tailored to your needs. These include individual therapy, family therapy, play therapy, IEP consultation, and psychological assessment.  Within the therapy domain, we have providers who specialize in women’s issues, parent-child interactions, child development, and education. We tailor treatment to what you need and what you are hoping to improve as a result of therapy. 

At Variations, we believe you have the tools to change your life. 

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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Hen, M. & Goroshit, M. (2012). Academic procrastination, emotional intelligence, academic self-efficacy, and GPA. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47(2), 116-124.

Mayes, S. D., Calhoun, S. L., & Crowell, E. W. (2000). Learning disabilities and ADHD: Overlapping spectrum disorders. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33(5), 417-424.