ABOUT LEARNING DISABILITIES
It is important to understand the reasons your child may be underachieving at school. Is it emotional, neurological, developmental or the result of a specific learning disability? It is estimated that one in five students have some type of learning disability, which includes attention deficit disorder.
If a student is not tested or appropriately diagnosed, the result is being blamed and this results in low self esteem. Teachers often say, “they aren’t trying, they can do better” when in fact they are doing their best but still not achieving up to their potential due to:
- a language disorder: an auditory processing disorder that affects how language is processed
- a reading or writing disability: a neurological disorder that interferes with information processing or the ability to write symbols representing language
- an executive functioning disorder: a neurological disorder than affects attention, memory, decision making
Schools are required by law to make accommodations and modifications for students who a meet eligibility requirements for learning disabilities. Sometimes parents need to advocate to make sure the school is doing their part under the Individual Education Plan (IEP). Parents may need support and guidance in navigating the school system, and coping with the additional stress of homework on the family. Sometimes two parents are in disagreement about the best course of action to take and need help from a professional to sort out the options and make the best decision.
Questions from parents include:
- Medication for ADHD or not?
- Should we have consequences at home for poor grades?
- Is outside tutoring necessary?
Our therapist also holds certification in special education and has taught in public and private schools before returning to social work. If you need guidance, or you child needs supportive therapy due to learning issues, we can help.