How to Handle a Possible Learning Disability

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Children with learning disabilities usually have normal IQs; their problem lies in how their brains process and use information. They could have an auditory processing, visual perception, communication or other disorder. There is no one description that describes all children with learning disabilities.

If you suspect your child has a learning disability, the first step in helping your child, is to find out as much as you can about what learning disabilities are. This is quite easy to do because many websites give good descriptions of learning disabilities, including LDOnline at, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities at

Your second step is to gather as much information as you can about your child that makes you think that he or she may have a learning disability, then talk to your child’s teacher. If the teacher agrees with your concerns, the next step is to ask for a formal evaluation of the child in the classroom.

On the basis of this observation report, a decision can be made on whether or not to test your child for a learning disability. When the testing is completed, you receive a copy of the results and a meeting can be scheduled to go over everything in the written report. At this meeting, you will find out whether or not your son has a learning disability and if the child qualifies to receive special education services.

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