Who Can Diagnose Learning and Thinking Differences in Adults?
Rayma Griffin, MEd
Question: I think my child might have math issues and ADHD. The more I read about her issues, the more I think I’ve been struggling with the same things my whole life. Who can diagnose learning and thinking differences in adults?
You’re not alone in feeling this way. I’ve spent more than three decades working with families whose children have learning and thinking differences. Over the years, I’ve found many parents who identified similar issues in themselves when listing symptoms of their child’s challenges. This makes sense,
since some conditions run in families.
Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Your doctor can help you find someone who knows a lot about diagnosing and treating
adult symptoms of learning and thinking differences.
The psychologist at your child’s school or clinic may also be able to give you a referral. Or you can try community health centers, along with other resources that offer
low-cost private evaluations for learning and thinking differences.
The point is that help is available for you. Seeking an evaluation for yourself can be a liberating experience. Some adults say the process helped them to stop viewing their issues as something destined to hold them back. Instead, they started viewing them as challenges to overcome.
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