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Does anyone know if spinal meningitis shortly after birth can or could cause a learning disability?

Question:
I am a special education teacher who is currently working with a student in Kindergarten. She has typical problems for a child her age; however, she remains to have difficulty remembering the spelling of her name. She can print the letters, but can not state them. She also has typical fine motor problems, but nothing serious.

I realize this seems minor, but after using several multi-sensory techniques to help her recognize/identify the letters she still remains ....... in the dark.

Does anyone know if spinal meningitis shortly after birth can or could cause a learning disability?


Answer:
A friend of mine, a neurologist, has a child who had spinal meningitis when she was three. There was substantial sequelae in motor and mental areas. It alsoleft my friend with a great big hole in his heart, as he watched his daughter lose function every moment he watched her.



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