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Name: Wondering
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How do I know if my child has a learning disabilty? My daughter has a hard time with a number of classes at school. How do I know that her problems are the result of a learning disability and that she's not just, well...stupid. That sounds terrible, I know! But she's not bad at everything. Just certain things. That's why I'm not sure if it's a learning disability or just the way she is. So, how can I tell/
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Name: Tia | Date: Jul 1st, 2005 10:17 AM
I don't believe any kids are stupid. I had a hard time learning math, a really hard time. I would stay after school and the teacher would work one on one with me and one day it just clicked. Sometimes kids have to be shown how to do something a different way for it to make sense. Some times kids need the one on one interaction. I later excelled in math and it became my favorite class. Schools are so main streamed which is a down fall because not all kids learn the same way. Some kids need to be told what to do and some need to see it written down. Find your childs strengths and build off of them. 

Name: candis | Date: Aug 5th, 2005 5:56 PM
The school she attends should have the qualified personel or know of such to test your duaghter. Speak up for her or else she wil go through the system without the support she should have had. You do not want her to get behind. 

Name: mother of 2 | Date: Sep 6th, 2005 3:23 AM
In order to be sure whats going on with your child, I would recommend you have the school do testing. They may try to say they won't but they are required to with request from parents. I have been through he** trying to figure out what was wrong with my children and learning disablities is only tip of ice burg for mine but like I said testing is the only way to be sure whats going on. 

Name: ONI | Date: Sep 22nd, 2005 3:24 PM
Your local DHS or DCS should have a program and the personel to do the required testing...sometimes it may take a ferral from your child school, so that it will be free. 

Name: Mrs. H | Date: Sep 23rd, 2005 3:18 AM
I'm an ESE teacher and mother of 3kids. I think my son has a difficult time learning. This is where my husband & I disagree. As a parents who is able to pick up on certain things,it's best for me to go againt the grain! Have your child tested to see where she stands far as her abilities and disabilities. Focus on her capabilities and praise her for every accomplishment. Convince her that she's unique and not stupid. The ONLY difference between ESE and regular education is the teacher teaches at a slower pace so that students can understand the work. Hopefully, this will be a new beginning to learning through strategies. 

Name: chrisi | Date: Dec 29th, 2005 6:50 PM
just new to here. you have to get her tested. usually educational assessments to the trick. my son who is 13 has two learning disabilites. Mild intellectual deficit and non verbal learning. you won't know where her struggles are until you get her tested. 

Name: Barbara | Date: Jan 22nd, 2006 6:44 PM
Another possibilty is to have your child tested privately. It can be expensive, but check with nearby unviersities or colleges. They sometimes have training programs where your chld can be tested and you are charged a fee you can afford. While schools do testing, it is important for every parent to know that schools have narrow parameters for testing. They may only test for certain disabilities or severe disabilities. School testing is not as thorough as private testing. Many children are missed on school testing .

After testing, a school pcychologist or testing center will be able to tell you what you can expect from your child. All people vary in general intellectual ability. Some children have lower IQ's than others. If this is the case with your duaghter, she will need special services from school, too. The hallmark of a learning disability is when a child's performance in school does not match their overall intellectual abilty.

The bottomline: if your child is not doing well in school, something is wrong. Get help and get help fast. Younger children respond to help better than older ones. And they don't suffer with as much low self-esteem. The time to help your daughter is NOW. Good luck! 

Name: Agnes | Date: Feb 5th, 2006 3:14 AM
Call the school, tell them you want her tested. That's all you really need to do. They'll follow up with you when they're done. 

Name: father of boy | Date: Feb 28th, 2006 3:01 AM
My son is 13 and can not read or writeand his school is pushing him through the system becaues he has a mild retardation and say he will will never learn. 

Name: dfff | Date: Mar 24th, 2006 4:54 AM

Name: nica | Date: Mar 24th, 2006 4:59 AM
my son has lerning disabiltys he is 19 he dosent realise it but i do i sujest you talk to her or his teacher about it it well help you a lot 

Name: lauren | Date: May 7th, 2006 5:51 AM
i am an Occupational therapy student would anyone be willing to answer a few questions 

Name: winks | Date: Jul 6th, 2006 1:50 PM
the is a site on the internet that allows you to take a free test. You could ask her to do that? the name of the site is Dore aka DDAT

Sometimes learning difficulties don't affect everyone in the same way and they is a chance that she does haev a learning difficulty but her brain is able to understand those other areas. 

Name: za5ofus | Date: Jul 18th, 2006 7:08 PM
About the only thing you can do to know for sure is ask to have your daughter tested. If it's not a learning disablity and she's having a hard time learning she could atleast get extra help. Contact the school student services dept ( special ed) and ask to get her tested. 

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