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What Is A Psychological Processing Disorder? [SOLVED]

A visual processing disorder, or a visual processing issue, is a condition that makes it difficult to interpret visual information 👍 Children with this condition may have trouble reading or distinguishing the difference between two shapes 👍 A child with a visual processing disorder, for example, can pass a vision test but not be able to spot the difference between a triangle and a square. This condition is also often associated with hand-eye coordination problems. Visual processing disorders can not only negatively affect learning, but they can also impact socialization, self-esteem, and day-to-day living. While this is a lifelong condition that cannot be cured, the effects can be reduced with early diagnosis and appropriate treatments. [1]
The term “processing” simply refers to how information is dealt with in the brain. Information, whether it comes in through our eyes, ears, nose or fingertips, must first be received through one of our senses. The next task for our brains is to do something with that information. If it gets stored for the long term, which can range from about 15 minutes to years, we need an appropriate way to catalog and retain the information so that we can retrieve it at a later time. A “processing disorder” can then mean there is a breakdown somewhere in this system whereby information is not effectively processed or retained. (thanks a ton to Terrilyn Matos for telling us about this). [2]
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I always had had a feeling that Jennifer would be a great student. I mean, she’s always running errands for her teachers and has friends in all of her classes. Yesterday, though, I gottten a call from her math teacher that has me worried sick. Apparently, Jennifer often has trouble with directions and seems to forget instructions immediately after they’re given. On top of that, she’s always distracted, always needs to be redirected to her work and needs more time than others to complete her assignments. I never thoughtught my little girl would have trouble with school, but her teacher says she could be dealing with a processing disorder. What could that possibly mean? (thank you to Cameron Gant for their fantastic insights). [3]
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Betsy is a sweet 3rd grader who wears her long hair in two braids and loves to run errands for her teacher. She has many friends in her class and loves everything about dogs and cats. In class, despite wanting to do well. Betsy often has difficulty following directions and seems to forget instructions almost as soon as they are explained. When the teacher meets with students in small groups, Betsy seems easily distracted and needs frequent redirection to stay on task. She often requires more time than other students to both start and complete her work. Her parents and teacher are unsure whether Betsy might have an attention disorder, a processing disorder, a hearing problem or a learning disability. (we really appreciate Caterine Anders from Pingdu, China for their answer). [4]
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The pros at schoolpsychologistfiles.com offer additional insight. The discrepancy model is the traditional way to diagnose a learning disability. A professional will give a cognitive assessment (intelligence test). When a student has a learning disability, typically one area emerges as a significant weakness. This is referred to as a processing deficit because the assessment revealed that the student has does not process information as efficiently in one area. For example a processing deficit in visual motor ability indicates that the child has difficulty interpreting visual information which could impact reading and decoding words. A professional also administers achievement tests to measure the students educational achievement compared to others at his/her age. This should assess oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, basic reading skills, reading comprehension, mathematics calculation, and mathematics reasoning. The results of the achievement test are then compared to the cognitive assessment. Typically a student’s educational achievement is at the same level as his/her ability. When a learning disability is present, the student is not achieving to his/her potential in a content area. It is believed that the processing deficit had found in the cognitive testing is the reason for this discrepancy. See SPED testing. (last edited 66 days ago by Kwasi Sykes from Nurenberg, Germany) [5]
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that “specific learning disability” means “a disorder in 1 or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.” Such term “includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.” Such term does not include “a learning problem that is primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of intellectual disabilities, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.” 20 U.S.C Section 1401 (30). (emended by Ronald W. From Zaria, Nigeria on January 30, 2020) [6]
Kids with sensory processing disorder SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light, and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adult and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events, and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but in this book a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family. (last edited 3 weeks ago by Christyne J. From Jacksonville, United States) [7]

Article References

  1. https://www.makingtherapyfun.com/conditions-we-treat/processing-disorders/
  2. https://ricepsychology.com/tampa-psychological-conditions/cognitive-processing-disorders/
  3. https://ricepsychology.com/blog/know-cognitive-processing-disorders/
  4. https://ricepsychology.com/blog/cognitive-behavior-therapy/what-is-cognitive-processing-disorder/
  5. https://schoolpsychologistfiles.com/learningdis/
  6. https://ldaamerica.org/advocacy/lda-position-papers/what-are-learning-disabilities/
  7. http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/processing
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