Learning Disabilities

Also known as learning differences, learning disabilities can be present at any age, and are often first detected in childhood. There are several different forms of learning disabilities, and by no means are these indicators of low intelligence. Rather, some kids perceive and think differently than most people, which can cause problems when schools’ curricula and tests are geared toward the average person. Some common forms of learning differences present in the following ways:

  • Difficulty expressing ideas in writing
  • Poor handwriting
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Reading comprehension
  • Difficulty recognizing numbers
  • Trouble with math problems
  • Detecting differences between similarly sounding words
  • Following directions
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Homework is often a struggle
  • School refusal
  • Low academic self-efficacy

As a parent, you have rights under federal law to request testing funded by the school district if the school does not refer your child first. Additionally, there are a host of protections in the law allowing for services and reasonable accommodations when indicated. There are various ways to tackle issues like this. One avenue is to work with the school and come up with strategies and special education programming if needed. Another way is to work with a therapist on strategies to advocate for themselves, and get the information they need in forms that make sense to them. Additionally, therapy can help with the low self-esteem that so often comes along with learning differences.

Some people feel that testing provided by the school district is not thorough enough to detect all possible underlying causes of a child’s difficulties. Whether you have already had your child tested and disagree with the findings, or want a more thorough assessment, feel free to check out our page on psychoeducational testing

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