Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?
Sometimes, you have a hunch that something isn’t quite right with your child. For example, Jared is in 3rd grade and is still not reading fluently. Because he struggles to sound out so many words, his comprehension is shaky. Emma is in 4th grade and panics when asked to write. She will find any excuse to procrastinate. When she finally gets started, she cannot put her thoughts together to write a coherent paragraph, though she has no problem telling you a story. Although Adam is in the 5th grade, he still struggles with remembering multiplication tables, but he understands math concepts at his grade level. Sharon is in 8th grade and cannot understand her science textbook because of her poor vocabulary and reading skills. However, if you explain scientific concepts orally or give her a simpler book, she understands the concepts perfectly well.
What these children have in common is their average or above average intelligence and a suspected learning disability. If they can get formally evaluated and are shown to have a learning disability, they may be eligible to receive accommodations in school under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or special education services provided to children with disabilities under the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).