Bright Kids, Bad Grades
Does your child have a learning disability?
A child's occasional struggle with schoolwork is normal. But for some kids, ongoing issues with school can be traced to a learning disability. Nearly 3 million public school students—or roughly 5 percent—are diagnosed with learning disabilities, which can translate to poor reading, writing, listening, communication and math skills.
With proper treatment, your child doesn't have to be held back by a learning disability. Just look at Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Nelson Rockefeller—some of the country's most brilliant and celebrated citizens—all of whom had learning disabilities.
What to do
While learning disabilities can occur at any age, they're most often detected when kids hit school age and reading, writing and math skills come into play. If you suspect your child might have a learning disability, talk with his or her teachers and pediatrician. Their observations can help clarify the problem.
Once you have an accurate diagnosis, your pediatrician can direct you to programs and services that can benefit your child, help him or her overcome academic challenges and truly blossom. For example, a speech therapist can improve communication skills and reading, and math specialists can decipher troublesome concepts. Individualized instruction such as a curriculum that builds on your child's strengths can instill confidence and hone skills. The bottom line: Be supportive and encouraging, and don't be afraid to seek help.
Promote Your Child's School Success
Call 706-721-KIDS (5437) or toll free at 888-721-KIDS (5437) for an assessment by a developmental behavioral specialist if you suspect a learning disability.
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