When informed of the problem by elementary school personnel, a parent’s first reaction is generally to deny the existence of a disability. The father tends to remain in this stage for a prolonged period because he is not exposed to the child’s day-to-day frustrations and failures. Some parents skip over stages while others remain in one stage for an extended period. This situation is worsened by the fact that frequently the mother and father may be involved in different and conflicting stages at the same time (e.g., blame vs. who had learning disabilities but overcame them and became successful.
The child should be examined for correctable problems (e.g.
Learning disabilities typically affect five general areas: Some of these symptoms may indicate dyslexia. Some of these symptoms may indicate attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The parent should contact the child’s school and arrange for testing and evaluation.
Federal law requires that public school districts provide special education and related services to children who need them.
If these tests indicate that the child requires special educational services, the school evaluation team (planning and placement team) will meet to develop an individual educational plan (IEP) geared to the child’s needs.
The IEP describes in detail an educational plan designed to remediate and compensate for the child’s difficulties.
Learning disabilities are present in at least 10 percent of the population.