A learning disability is a problem with how the brain takes in, makes sense of, or expresses information. This can affect how your child listens, speaks, reads, writes, spells, or does math. Your child will not outgrow a learning disability. But he or she can build new learning skills that help work around it.
It is important to know what kind of disability your child has and what his or her strengths are. If your child has not yet been tested, talk to your child's school about doing a team assessment. Your child may be able to get help from a learning specialist at school. If so, you and the school will make an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This plan helps the school help your child to succeed in the classroom.
If your child does not qualify for special services, work with the school to find the best ways to help your child learn. For example, your child may need extra time to finish tests and schoolwork. Some children use audiobooks and record classroom lectures. Others take tests out loud or as short essays, rather than as multiple choice.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 11, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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