Worried about your child’s school performance and wondering, “Should my child get learning disability testing?”
If your child has consistently struggled in school, particularly if he or she often does well in some subjects but has difficulties in other subjects, it is possible that a learning disability (LD), such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia, is the culprit.
Many children, particularly very bright children, are able to mask or compensate for learning disorders for a period of time. Some students can often get all the way through high school or even into college without their underlying learning challenge being recognized.
Are you seeking a private evaluation to support getting an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or a 504 Plan for your child?
It’s important to get a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation to get the right diagnosis when learning challenges are suspected. Because there are several different types of specific learning disabilities, the signs and symptoms can be quite varied.
Sadly, many schools seem to have a “wait to fail” approach, which requires your child to be substantially “below grade level” before they will agree to do formal testing. Even then, schools typically will not “diagnose” learning disabilities such as dyslexia, even when all the signs are there! This approach leads to significant frustration and discouragement in your child.
It’s time to get testing done to find out how to help your child.