EP. 143: It's Usually Not Just ADHD With Educational Diagnostician, Laurie Peterson


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My son Markus has always been incredibly introspective and self-aware, so when, even after receiving ADHD accommodations and visual processing intervention he felt there was still something else going on, I believed him. Markus suspected that dyslexia was the underlying cause of his inconsistent gaps in learning, yet whenever he was evaluated in the past these gaps were overlooked or attributed to his ADHD. Learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia are very common comorbidities with ADHD, so why weren’t these evaluators ever digging deeper?

Enter the incredible Laurie Peterson, a brilliant Educational Diagnostician who you may recognize from Episode 61 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, and my guest this episode. Laurie evaluated Markus a third time, and to his relief, his suspicions were confirmed--it was dyslexia all along. Having the complete picture of his brain finally allowed Markus to advocate for his needs, which is exactly why Laurie does the work she does. Join me for another wonderful conversation with Laurie as she provides an overview of the different learning disabilities that can co-occur with ADHD, explains why whole-picture interventions are so important, and dispels some common myths surrounding learning disabilities.


Website: ediagnosticlearning.com

Apps mentioned: Snap Type; Mod Math

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