To help your child succeed, recommendations will be specifically tailored to his/her strengths and needs.
As with other disabilities, early intervention better prepares a child with a learning disability for future success. Unfortunately, learning disabilities are often not diagnosed until after children have experienced significant negative consequences of their learning differences. As a child develops, it is critical to foster positive self-esteem. Given that school is such an important part of a child's life, early learning struggles can make a child feel overwhelmed and negative about not only about themself but also school.
To determine if your child demonstrates learning differences, Dr. Laura will include the following, at least, in a Dyslexia/Learning Disability evaluation:
Given that early intervention is the best intervention, parents are essential in screening their child for a learning disability. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, consider evaluation if your young child demonstrates difficulty: making rhymes; learning letters, numbers, or colors; learning new skills at the same rate as peers; pronouncing words correctly; controlling pencil, crayons, or scissors; or connecting letters and sounds. Refer to the LDAA website for additional early SLD warning signs.
Dyslexia/Learning Disability Evaluations
In the United States, 2.4 million students, according to the National Center for Education, receive special education services for specific learning disabilities (SLD). Learning disabilities are neurological conditions that can affect a child's ability to read, write, spell and compute math. In addition, children diagnosed with specific learning disabilities often demonstrate difficulty with attention, memory, emotional maturity and social skills.