Learning Disorders

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Children with learning disorders may display a range of difficulties including problems with:

  • Word finding
  • Reading of words, reading comprehension
  • Verbal expression of ideas
  • Writing
  • Reasoning ability
  • Memory
  • Speed and processing
  • Math

Other traits that may be present include uneven and unpredictable test performance, perceptual impairments, motor disorders, and behaviors such as hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, low tolerance for frustration, and problems in handling day-to-day social interactions and situations. Identifying specific learning disorders is the first step in identifying treatment strategies. Common learning disorders evaluated in our clinics include:

  • Nonverbal learning disorder (Cognitive Disorder)
  • Reading disorder (Dyslexia)
  • Arithmetic disorder (Dyscalculia)
  • Writing disorder (Dysgraphia, Graphomotor Disorder)
  • Disorder of written expression
  • Language disorder

Patients can be either self-referred or referred by a primary care provider, teacher, or school official.

Our patients receive thorough evaluations by one or more specialists in learning disorders who work with families, physicians, educators, and community agencies to tailor strategies for meeting each child’s needs and challenges of all types.

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)