November 6: Growing up with Learning Challenges: Emotional and Behavioral Consequences

Judith M. Glasser, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

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Many children have strengths and struggles with learning. Some have specific challenges such as dyslexia or AD/HD. There is research that reveals that there are frequent emotional and behavioral impacts from growing up with these challenges. For example, there is some research that demonstrated that children who cannot read fluently by age 8 do not develop a sense of self-efficacy in learning – the sense that they can learn. The feeling of shame is observable when they cover their faces with their hair or hands, bury their faces in their arms, or hide behind their parents. Sometimes they become quiet or defiant. A review of records of a child who is struggling often reveals undiagnosed learning problems such as dyslexia or AD/HD. These are disorders that can hide behind average grades and average scores on standardized tests especially among very bright children.
Dr. Judith Glasser is a psychologist with 35 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their parents. She is located in Silver Spring and Rockville, MD. She frequently uses psychological testing as part of a therapeutic process to help parents gain a better understanding of their child or teen. She also provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. Among other publications, she is the co-author of Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Skills for Kids with AD/HDand Learning to Be Kind and Understand Differences: Empathy Skills for Kids with AD/HD.
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