Does your child have difficulty learning or reading? Do they have trouble writing, reading out loud or silently, or solving math problems? Is extra time needed for tests? They may have what is known as a learning disability.
Children with learning disabilities are often as smart (or smarter) than their peers, but process information differently. They may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information.
A learning disability can't be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue. With the right support and intervention, however, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life.
Usually an individual must obtain an IQ and compare this to scores in different cognitive and achievement areas, such as reading comprehension, mathematics, reading speed, writing and other areas. Standardized reading tests and measures to determine underlying cognitive functions are given, which will help explain the basis of the learning disability.
Additional testing is usually necessary to screen out other factors such as emotional and attention issues, brain problems, and psychopathology.
A detailed and thorough evaluation is necessary in order to obtain extra time and supportive services in education systems. High stakes testing need a full report with detailed review of background documentation.
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