Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?

Struggles in school or differences in potential vs. achievement may be signs

1. Does your child have trouble connecting letters to sounds?

3. Does your child have trouble comprehending what he or she reads?

9. Does your child have trouble organizing words when communicating?

Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?

You got: possible learning disability

I got possible learning disability. Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?
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Your child does seem to have some of the signs and symptoms that would warrant evaluation for a learning disability.

Experts recommend that if a child has unexpected problems learning to read, write, listen, speak, or do math, then teachers and parents should make reasonable effort to investigate. The same holds true if the child is struggling with even one of these skills.

According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, while as many as one out of every five people in the U.S. have a learning disability, there is no one sign that establishes a person as having a learning disability.

Ultimately, it takes a structured, individualized approach. Your child's school and/or an educational psychologist can evaluate for specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, or dyspraxia) that may be holding your child back.

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Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?

You got: probably not a learning disability

I got probably not a learning disability. Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?
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Your child doesn't seem to have any of the classic signs or symptoms of a learning disability.

You should still speak with your pediatrician if you think your child has a learning problem which is preventing him or her from keeping up other kids in class.

In addition to learning disabilities, children can do poorly in school if they aren't getting enough sleep, have poorly controlled asthma, are depressed, or have ADHD. These are just some of the issues worth exploring.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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