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Name: Concerned Dad
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I think my son may have a learning diability. But is it possible for him to have a learning disability in two different areas? I always thought that peole who had learning disabilities just had troubles in one area (like science) but he has troubles in both reading and math. How do I know that it's a learning disability and not just him having a hard time understanding things?
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Name: Tia | Date: Jul 1st, 2005 10:29 AM
If he has a learning disability he will have a hard time learning things. Maybe he's just a little slow on learning and would benefit from being held back. Maybe he's just not relaxed enough in his learning environment. Does he have any allergies? Has he ever been tested for them? My son is allergic to milk. It took us a while to figure this out. When he comes in contact with a milk product it clouds his mind and he can't think clearly. I was slow learner and it embarassed my parents. They made me work extra hard to keep up. My childhood consisted of me never feeling good enough. I would have benefitted from being held back. Have him assessed at school they'll be able to tell you what level he's at. If it's border line get him a tutor. If it's really bad consider holding him back there isn't any shame in wanting your child to be comfortable, confident, and happy. Maybe he's just not ready for the material he's learning yet. 

Name: Wendy | Date: Jul 13th, 2005 7:11 PM
My son was struggling in 2nd grade, I decided to hold him back thinking he just wasn't ready yet. BIG, BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!
His personality became closed down, he still struggled with school and now he had to deal with criticism from other kids. Do not under any circumstances hold your child back. The school said my didn't have a learning disability, they said he was just lazy and didn't want to do the work. I took him too a specialist. Turns out, he just learns differently, more of a hands on approach is needed for him to grasp a concept. He has successfully been on the B honor roll for 2 years now and is doing exceptionally well. He still gets criticism from the other kids because he is older but at least now I know he does not have a learning disability he just learns differently then what our school teach. Book knowledge is not for everyone and everyone is not the same. Get your son a specialist, Silvan learning Center is who we used, check out the choices in your area but do not under any circumstances hold your son back. That would be a major mistake. 

Name: Debbie | Date: Jul 18th, 2005 6:46 PM
Has the school evaluated your son, or has his teacher discussed this concern with you? When our son ( who is now 15) was diagnosed with high functioning autism, we actually had him tested, first outside the school system. This gave us additional information from a doctor's perspective.However, we are fortunate to have a wonderful school district that provides testing and has many classes in addition to the traditional resource class.
From our experience reading and math tied in with one another because of the verbage, especially when it came to problem solving. With our son, it had more to do with processing the information. So we would break it down into simple steps. Again, with reading, it may be a processing issue.
Even though my son has always excelled in math, the words sometimes got in the way.

I hope I helped some!


Name: Jennifer | Date: Jul 25th, 2005 6:36 AM
I have a ;earning diabiliy just be care full that they do not just say it a learning diability and write him off. I was told that I would not fishen high school and I did. Find the way he learn the best. I not a book learner but let me see some on paper or mess with it a little and I can do it great. my faver thing to do is look throw caft book and find a way to do them with out how to do them and just know that you are him best teacher and the one that is going to be there for him and fight for him. 

Name: ONI | Date: Sep 22nd, 2005 3:27 PM
Sometimes, it could just be the manner in which he is being taught....For example I understand thing much better when I read them for myself rather than when someone reads them to me...I have never been great at math, but when I got older I realized that my attitude towards the subject had alot to do with it. Your son may be more visual than audial. 

Name: decorina | Date: Oct 15th, 2005 12:56 AM
A child with a learning disability can have trouble in many academic subjects. My son has Learning disability: reading comprehesion. This makes learning, science, social studies, math etc... all very difficult. His school has been great providing me with study guides to help him study all the information for the tests. My son is in 4th grade and the math has become more language based which makes it hard for him to understand what he is reading. The first step is to send a letter to your schools Child Study Team. State in the letter your concerns and any other material (poor test grades, letters from teacher) that will help them understand the urgency. Be an advocate for your child. 

Name: Loverboy3375 | Date: Oct 31st, 2005 4:34 AM
yes, i had learning disabilities. in school 

Name: thomas | Date: Nov 4th, 2005 5:10 PM
My daughter has a learning disability in reading comprehesion. This effects everything including her math. 

Name: Double D | Date: Nov 15th, 2005 5:40 AM
I am the father of 8 al most nine year old and another one due in May. She was finially tested for her learing disabliites. She is in the third grade. It took the school system 3 years to test her for LD. The only reason they test her is, I threatned to go to the school board. I have discovered that she learns differently. She really hates to Read and like Math and Art, She has been playing the Vilion for about 3 years now.. Now she started plaing the piano. The music playing has helped a lot for all aspects of her learning...We will see how long this keeps up. 

Name: dawndawn | Date: Dec 1st, 2005 5:41 PM

Math and reading are actually tied together in the learning process of the brain. My son has had learning problems and we took him in for a eye screening because he was having horriable headaches, skipping words while reading to us and struggling in school. We were reccommended to the HOPE CLINIC who specializes in learning disabilities. It has been linked to the eyes. My son has 20/20 eyesight but the information he was receiving in his brain wasn't being processed correctly. It is very hard for me to explain. But, he was in the eye therapy program for 9 months. He before the program was failing reading and math and so so grades in his other classes. Since graduating the program he was the top reader in 4th grade last year in his school! He had the most AR points! His grades are all great now. So far in 5th grade he is still the top reader. We can't get him to put books down.
You can look up an Eye Therapist in your area, some of them offer free screenings. You can also look up www.hopecliniconline.com and see if they can refer you to one in your area. I Really saw an improvement in my son. What a turn around!

They have children and adults of all ages going through this eye therapy program. Something worth looking into.


Name: elizabeth | Date: Dec 9th, 2005 4:04 PM
My middle daughter has dyslexia, and learning disabilities. she is now in the 5th grade and reading at 3rd grade level. they are giving her 5th grade language arts and she is struggling. the worst part is that I try to help and I struggle along with her. knowing that I have the same disabilities. we both get so frustrated with everything. I feel like I am failing her in her learning.
they do have her on IEP . but I feel it is not helping. what can i do 

Name: laura | Date: Jan 21st, 2006 12:26 AM

Name: Stephanie | Date: Mar 1st, 2006 11:03 PM
I have a learning disability in math, and so throughout high school I mostly hung around with others who also had learning disabilites. My friend Megan had learning disabilites in Math, English and Reading. My friend Becca had learning disabilites in Math and English. So yes, it is possible to have more than one learning disability. 

Name: someone who cares | Date: Mar 16th, 2006 11:38 PM
Get him tested. Learning centers will test and help your child.
Good luck ! 

Name: someone who cares | Date: Mar 16th, 2006 11:44 PM
Elizabeth, if possible, get someone outside the school to help her out. Learning center or someone that can come to your home. Good luck with everything ! 

Name: kate | Date: Mar 24th, 2006 5:21 AM
if you think your son has a disabity then then try thinking about what you can do to help him other then just siting there and saying why did it happen and think of were you can go to find information at a confrence or something or even here at this website it will help you so much trust me 

Name: Joyce | Date: Apr 3rd, 2006 11:53 PM
I have searched the internet for a chat room such as this in order to help the families of children with specific learning disabilities. My son was (eventually) labelled as dyslexic in respect to his reading but funnily enough it also seemed to effect the symbols used in Maths eg + or -, so he used to do his sums all wrong.

But what use is a label? I wouldn't allow the teachers at school to use it, just in case it gave them an excuse to write him off. I wanted specific help for him and so went on a very long waiting list - while he continued to fall behind! My son was assessed as having the ability to read 20 months behind his chronological age. After many months of private tuition, I was given a little red book called Toe by Toe by Keda Cowling. The author has taught dyslexics for 25 years and has thankfully put her experience into this book.

After 2 months my son is now 20 months AHEAD of his actual age - improving by 40 months in total, and is still only 2/3 of the way through this book.

Do yourself a favour, do not keep your son back a year. Buy this book and spend 10-20 minutes a day doing the short exercises with him. I promise you that it will save you very many hours of struggling with homeworks in the years to come! 

Name: winks | Date: Jul 6th, 2006 1:37 PM
learning disabilities don't mean that he will just find one area hard. It means that he will find learning hard. there are a lot of website available on the internet that explain the symptoms in greater detail.

I have actually sufferered from dyslexia myself, it affected me in all areas really, such as; socially, understanding, being able to process and retain information and also pretty much all of my academic abilities.

I have now been through a programme that has turned my life around, you may want to look into dore, I am sure that they will be able to give you some advice if you need to. 

Name: Carrie | Date: Jul 17th, 2006 5:30 PM
reading is hard for me 

Name: za5ofus | Date: Jul 17th, 2006 11:03 PM
My son has multiple learning diasablities. A learning disability goes beyond just not understanding and usually has to be dianosed by a professional like a school pyschologist, Developmantal Pediatrician, Speech Pathologist etc..
I'd either have him tested through early intervention if he's under 3 or the school if over 3. They can tell you if there's a problem or not. 

Name: KRYSTAL | Date: Jul 27th, 2006 5:23 PM

Name: FrazzledMom | Date: Oct 3rd, 2006 2:59 PM
Get him tested at school through the school psychologist. They need to perform an MFE (Multifactoral Evaluation) to see exactly what is going on with him so they can get to the bottom of it. 

Name: jonathanrose | Date: Oct 9th, 2006 12:16 AM
Learning disabilities vary hugely, they come from various parts of the brain not communicating well. The best way to find out is a program like brain make over which tests the actually brain function using EEG which measures the electrical function withing the brain.

They can also retrain the Brain systems to leave your child symptom free! 

Name: Lisa Thyr | Date: Oct 27th, 2006 5:11 AM
everyone is different and it is possible to have many different disabilities and many different forms of them at the same time. Learning disabilities are complex and effect everyone differently. 

Name: todd | Date: Dec 6th, 2007 2:10 AM
iam 46 and i whent back to school i was diesnosed in frist grade now they say i have to get re tested to get help what do i do 

Name: Tanya Peralta | Date: Apr 8th, 2008 2:17 AM
I have a child in first grade whos not abel to keep up. She has a twin sister whos at grade leavel. How can i help her. 

Name: jocelyn | Date: Jun 24th, 2008 2:22 AM
im struggling im a failure at everything i do..MAINLY IN SCHOOL..i hate school so so so much i just wish that it didnt exist 

Name: steverooni99 | Date: Jan 15th, 2010 6:55 PM

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Name: Dina Ray | Date: Jul 17th, 2010 11:05 PM

Name: NIeci78 | Date: Jul 17th, 2010 11:20 PM
Hello! I have a learning disability in math. i have been wanting to go back to college perhaps without without making a fool out myself in school. I'am now 31 years old and scared as hell. i need a tutor. Do anyone know of a good one? 

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