If your child has consistently struggled in school, particularly if he or she often does well in some subjects but has difficulties in other ones, a learning disability (LD) such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia, may be the culprit.
Because there are several different types of learning disabilities – each with their own set of signs and symptoms – proper identification can be difficult. Children may also have more than one issue going on, making diagnosis even more complex.
To make matters worse, many children – particularly very bright children – are able to mask or compensate for learning differences 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.
Going undiagnosed is often risky business. People with undiagnosed learning disabilities are a greater risk for developing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and a host of other struggles. Some may even drop out of school or of become chronic underachievers, impacting every aspect of their lives and wellbeing.
The good news is that learning disabilities are very treatable, especially when identified early. So if your child is struggling in school it may be time to look into learning disability testing.