The psychological impact of dyslexia

The psychological impacts of dyslexia are more widespread than one might imagine. Pediatric clinical neuropsychiatrist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, offers great advice on how to help your child if they are struggling with these psychological impacts.
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The psychological impact of dyslexia

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The psychological impacts of Dyslexia are really wide-ranging and extend much further than just the ability to read. They, first of all, can affect the way a person feels about themselves. Even very early in school, if they are not doing well in reading and feeling like they are not able to keep up in school, children can feel very isolated. They can feel different from everybody else. That can result in low self-esteem and feeling like they are not able to do the work that is in front of them. In addition, it can also affect a child's relationships with others. Sometimes kids can tease a child with Dyslexia, or even just by feeling different from everybody else, they may not relate to other children in the same way; so social skills can be affected. Finally, mental health can be affected because of all the things that I just mentioned. There can be other emotional problems, such as, anxiety and depression. There are also, very often, co-occurring attention problems in approximately 25 percent of kids with Dyslexia. There are really wide-ranging impacts that go along with Dyslexia. Another psychological impact of Dyslexia can be in the schools. Children can experience demoralization. In fact, that puts them at much higher risk for dropping out of High School early. Approximately 40 percent of children with Dyslexia, drop out of High School.

The psychological impacts of dyslexia are more widespread than one might imagine. Pediatric clinical neuropsychiatrist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, offers great advice on how to help your child if they are struggling with these psychological impacts.

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Sandra K. Loo, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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