Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Learning and Attention
Author: Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP
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Course Created: 2015
Practice Level: Advanced
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Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP
Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D, ABBP is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in child and adolescent disorders, and ADHD in individuals of all ages. She has authored five books and has published research on ADHD in college students. She also serves as an adjunct faculty for an on-line University where she teaches graduate courses in clinical and school psychology.
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New to the DSM-5, is a chapter on Neurodevelopmental Disorders which contains seven disorders that share impairments in a number of developmental areas, including personal, social, academic or occupational functioning. Some of the disorders are more likely to be detected early, such as the more severe variants of intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), motor disorders, tic disorders and communication disorders. However, other disorders in this category, like the specific learning disorders (SLD) or attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been called the “hidden disabilities” because they are not obvious disabilities and often are detected only after significant failure has been experienced by the individual. The DSM-5 has clustered these disorders in the same chapter because the neurodevelopmental disorders frequently co-occur; for example individuals with autism spectrum disorder will often have intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder), and many children with attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), also have a specific learning disorder. This course will focus on specific learning disorders (specific learning disabilities; SLD) and ADHD.
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- Explain the different types of SLD and how they influence learning at different developmental levels
- List the three different types of ADHD
- Discuss the etiology, prevalence, and symptoms of SLD and ADHD according to the DSM-5
- Describe how both disorders are conceptualized by IDEA and the Education System.
- Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities
- Definitions and Issues in Classification
- Specific Types of Learning Disabilities
- Problems of Impulsivity, Hyperactivity and Inattention
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