Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Research-Informed by Robert L. Mapou

By Robert L. Mapou

In response to the author's renowned workshop, this concise quantity presents clinical and sensible counsel on assessing studying disabilities and ADHD in adults. It comprises directions for gaining access to the author's downloadable PowerPoints, in addition to a continuous schooling part (3 credit) that's administered via the yankee Academy of medical Neuropsychology. subject matters contain definitions of incapacity (including criminal definitions), evaluate, and administration ways (from medicinal drugs and remedy to academic and place of work accommodations), and assistive expertise and software program. 3 case examples are supplied, besides a pattern file. The ebook is aimed toward medical neuropsychologists and scientific psychologists who're enthusiastic about the evaluation and administration of adults with studying disabilities and/or ADHD.

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In the area of physical rehabilitation neuroplasticity has been demonstrated to work for a wide variety of problems. Perhaps the most dramatic has been in the treatment of strokes. Within the past few years Dr. Edward Taub at the University of Alabama has developed a novel technique that utilizes the brain’s capacity for neuroplasticity. , psychotherapy) brings about significant positive changes not only in the clinical condition of the patient but also in neural pathways. 39 A rewiring of the brain occurs with verbal treatment as well as with medications.

By controlling internal stability (homeostasis), the hypothalamus can influence emotions like fear, dread, disgust. and pleasure. The emotional brain draws on structures that developed early in human evolution. Hence, emotions are more primitive than the cognitive skills such as analysis, problem solving, and planning, which are located in our executive centers. These centers, in the frontal lobes, evolved later in the history of our species and mature later in each of us. The executive centers have the job of deciding how to respond to the signals being sent by our emotional systems.

Indeed, despite neurocognitive deficits, particularly in visuospatial ability and mild to moderate mental retardation (IQ varying from 40 to 100), these children frequently show normal linguistic competence, the ability to recognize faces (paradoxical in light of their compromised visuospatial perception), and a profound love of music, sound, and rhythm. Even more interesting than these cognitive abilities, however, are the remarkable personality characteristics of children with this disorder. They are strongly attracted to people and social situations.

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