Kristen Wynns Ph.D. - Psychological Solutions for Children, Adolescents & Families
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130 Preston Executive Dr, Ste 202 Cary, NC 27513
9207 Baileywick Rd, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27615


Does your child struggle with poor grades, difficulty learning new material, slow processing speed, forgetting important assignments, or performing "up to his or her potential?" He or she may have a Learning Disability (LD) or attention problem (such as ADHD) interfering with succeeding academically and socially.

ttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behaviors involving disorganized thoughts, impulsivity, and/or a lack of attention. AD/HD often occurs in early childhood and typically affects boys more than girls.  AD/HD behaviors can result in significant problems with relationships and learning. There are three types of ADHD:
1). ADHD — Inattentive Type (formerly known as ADD)
2). ADHD — Hyperactive / Impulsive Type
3). ADHD — Combined Type
Once properly diagnosed, custom behavioral treatments such as creating structure, encouraging routines, stating expectations, and training for social skills can be very helpful.

A Learning Disability (LD) is a learning disorder is which children experience difficulty with receiving, processing, and communicating information. Children with Learning Disabilities have normal intelligence but have trouble processing information through typical learning methods because they see, hear, and understand things differently.
Learning Disabilities can cause learning problems at school, hurt self-esteem, and continue to have a snowball effect unless addressed early. Dyslexia (difficulty processing language), Dyscalculia (difficulty with math), Dysgraphia (difficulty with writing), Dyspraxia Sensory Integration Disorder (difficulty with fine motor skills), Auditory Processing Disorder (difficulty hearing differences between sounds), and Visual Processing Disorder (difficulty interpreting visual information) are examples of Learning Disabilities.  Often, an LD is further complicated by associated disorders such as ADHD.

Disorders such as ADHD and an LD can be difficult to accurately diagnose (and are in fact often misdiagnosed), which is why a formal evaluation by an expert is critical to determining if your child truly has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or a Learning Disability. As part of her training, Dr. Wynns had the pleasure of working with Dr. Arthur Anastoupoulis, one of the nation's leading experts on AD/HD. She brings this experience of working at an ADHD specialty clinic to her comprehensive AD/HD assessments. Testing can involve a parent interview, child interview, play-based assessment, rating scales / questionnaires, I.Q. testing, and / or achievement testing (depending on the specific concerns and conditions in question). Also, children and families can often benefit from structured therapy by setting up custom behavioral interventions, learning strategies, and parent training. While there is no true "cure" to these conditions (and the causes often remain elusive), with supportive parents and early testing and therapy interventions, children have a better chance of becoming well-adjusted and successful.

Call (919) 805-0182 or email
Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology for more information and to schedule an appointment. Most new clients are scheduled for their first full appointment at the Cary, NC office location within one to two weeks of calling.

Wynns Family Psychology is a child psychologist / therapist practice in the Cary NC area.

Though each child with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder is different, these are some of the associated symptoms:

Difficulty following instructions
Easily distracted, difficulty keeping attention with activities at school or home
Frequently loses things, seems disorganized
Trouble with tasks that require planning
Doesn't pay close attention to details
Forgets things
Appears not to listen
Figety, can't stay in his or her seat
Inappropriate running or climbing
Can't play quietly
Has trouble waiting his or her turn
Blurts out answers
Frequently interrupts people
Talks excessively
Always "on-the-go"

Children with an LD will not have all of these symptoms, but they may include some of the following:

Trouble with spelling, learning the alphabet, rhyming words, or connecting letters to their sounds
May make mistakes when reading aloud, repeating and pausing often
May not understand what he or she reads
Learns language late and has limited vocabulary
May mispronounce or misuse similar-sounding words
Has trouble organizing what he or she wants to say, not able to think of the word he or she needs for a conversation
Can't retell a story in order
Doesn't understand the social rules of a conversation, like taking turns
Trouble hearing slight differences between words
Trouble understanding jokes, comic strips, sarcasm
Messy handwriting or holds a pencil awkwardly
Confuses math symbols and misreads numbers
Struggles to express ideas in writing
May stand too close to a person
Trouble following directions, may not know where to begin a task



Wynns Family Psychology is a child psychologist / therapist practice in the Cary NC area.