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Learning Disorders Causes

(Also Known As: Learning Disability Causes, Nonverbal Learning Disorders Causes, Learning Disorder NOS Causes, Cognitive Learning Disorders Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Learning Disorders?

Mental health professionals believe that since it is unlikely to determine the causes of learning disabilities, there is no need for parents to reflect and look back to find possible reasons. There are too many factors that can be considered in order to determine the cause of learning disabilities. The best thing to do is move forward and find a way you can help an individual with learning disorders 3.

Long ago, scientists perceived that learning disorders were caused by a single problem in the neurological processes of the brain. However, studies have revealed that the causes of this disorder are not rooted in a single area of the brain, but from difficulties in collecting information from various regions of the brain.

At present, an existing theory reveals that learning disabilities is a result of subtle disturbances in the structure and function of the brain. In many instances, this begins prior to the birth of the individual.

Errors in Fetal Brain Development

During fetal brain development, things can go wrong that could alter the formation and interconnection of the neurons. If the disruption of brain development occurs early during pregnancy, it could either lead to the death of the fetus or the child may grow with various disabilities or become mentally retarded.

On the other hand, if the disruption in fetal brain development occurs later during pregnancy, it may lead to errors in the makeup, location, or connections in the cell. These alterations may manifest themselves as learning disorders.

Genetic Factors

Learning disabilities may also trace its roots from the genetic makeup of the parents. For instance, difficulties in reading and hearing of separate sounds of words may stem from a parent who suffers from a similar problem. However, this may be manifested in a different form in the child. If the parent, for example, has a writing deficiency, their child may suffer from expressive language disorder.

Substance Abuse

Any drug or substance taken by the mother during pregnancy may be transmitted to the fetus. According to studies, a mother’s intake of cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs during their pregnancy can be detrimental to their unborn child. According to most scientists, smoking mothers have the potential to give birth to small babies. This poses a major problem as small babies are prone to a wide range of problems, including learning disorders.

Problems During Pregnancy or Delivery

Learning disabilities may also be traced from complications during pregnancy. In some cases, the immune system of the mother responds to the fetus and treats it as an infection. This results to the newly established brain cells positioning in the wrong part of the brain. Another potential cause is when the umbilical cord becomes twisted and temporarily stops the delivery of oxygen to the fetus which could result in learning disorders.

Toxins in the Environment of the Child

Researchers are looking into the possibility of environmental toxins as a cause of learning disabilities. Cadmium and lead are leading substances in the environment of the child. The former can be transported into the food we eat while the latter is present in water pipes.

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