Almost half of people with ADHD also have a learning disability. The majority of learning disabilities are reading disorders, such as dyslexia. It can be difficult to properly diagnose either ADHD or dyslexia if one has already been diagnosed with one of these conditions. Many times dyslexia is not identified, since reading issues become attributed solely to ADHD. Research shows that having both ADHD and dyslexia clinically presents differently than just having one of these issues. This presentation will focus on the genetic, biological, and neuropsychological similarities and differences between the two. Proper assessment is essential since not recognizing one disorder makes treatment very difficult. How ADHD and dyslexia present throughout the lifespan will be discussed, as well as strategic treatment interventions and recommendations for academic accommodations.
- Describing the key signs/traits of Dyslexia
- Identifying the biological and neuropsychological differences between ADHD and Dyslexia
- Identifying key treatment interventions for Dyslexia, especially around self esteem.
Who: Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men. He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox and Friends, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country, including the CHADD conferences annually. He currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for CHADD.