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Episode 52: Stealth Dyslexia and the Trauma of Undiagnosed and Untreated Learning Challenges – Dr. John Danial

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    In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, we're talking with Dr. John Danial, Clinical Director at Simi Psychological Group, about "stealth dyslexia" and the trauma of undiagnosed and untreated learning challenges.

    When students struggle with reading, math or other aspects of school, there are almost always underlying processing skills that are weak or inefficient that become roadblocks to learning. Mental health is critically important.

    In addition, it is important to recognize that kids do not just grow out of learning challenges. The only way to make real and permanent change is to identify and develop those underlying skills - to retrain the brain to process information more effectively in order to eliminate the struggles associated with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

    In this week's episode, you'll learn:

    • What "Stealth Dyslexia" is
    • Why it can be traumatic for kids to have undiagnosed learning challenges
    • How learning challenges can affect mental health
    • Why psychoeducational testing is important

    Episode Highlight

    "Testing and diagnosis is an important first step towards creating a plan to strengthen weak underlying skills so that kids do not have to continue living with the daily chronic trauma of going to school."

    - Jill Stowell



    Dr. John Danial, Clinical Director at Simi Psychological Group


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