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NY TIMES: What to do if you suspect a Learning Disability

It is a scary moment, as a parent, to have to consider if your child (or yourself) has a learning disability. How long have the indicators been ignored? Who can help? What legal aid is in place? Where can a parent turn, and what does this moment mean?

These questions can be daunting and dreadful, but they deserve answers.  This New York Times article (from February, 19th 2010) details the processes and procedures for parents who are considering having their child tested for a learning disability. 44% of parents who noticed their child exhibiting signs of difficulty with learning waited a year or more before acknowledging that their child might have a serious problem. This in depth article takes a look at the difficulties of approaching a learning disability, while offering some initial footholds for parents. This article offers an insider’s and outsider’s perspective on what it means to have this moment of realization and, more importantly, what happens afterwards. It examines diagnosis, school involvement, evaluation, and legality issues. It does a terrific job of demystifying this confusing and uphill struggle. The article also provides a link to a separate resource guide.

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