The treatment of learning disabilities

R. Tuchman

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The child neurologist, developmental pediatrician or child psychiatrist involved in the care of children with learning disabilities has a crucial role that extends beyond diagnosis. The goal of the medical professional involved in the care of a child with learning disabilities is to attempt to identify which areas of the brain are dysfunctional and to suggest a specific educational intervention based on that knowledge. The prevailing view of the biologic correlates of reading disabilities is that it is a phonolinguistic problem. Interventions that increase phonological awareness are an essential first step in the remediation of learning disabilities. The primary use of medications for children with learning disabilities is to open up a window of opportunity for educational intervention. Our increased understanding of brain function and brain plasticity hold promise in the development of future neuroeducational interventions for children with learning disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Learning disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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