When Should I seek Help?
Determining whether a child’s development is typical can be a daunting task even for the most experienced and skilled parent. Children vary in their development so it is natural for parents to experience great uncertainty when confronted by the possibility of their child having a learning disability.
If a parent is concerned about a child’s learning and/or development, it is important to seek out the help of professionals. It is common at the centre for parents to bring in their 12 year old’s recent assessment and announce that they knew he/she had LD when they were in grade one. Parents need to follow their intuition and seek assistance if they have concerns.
Before considering a formal assessment for Learning Disabilities, a child should have a complete medical check up, eye exam and hearing tests to rule out medical and/or physical causes. Parents can discuss their concerns with their family doctor or child’s paediatrician to identify other possible causes and potentially referrals for further assessments.
Childcare professionals and teachers who know your child can also provide helpful feedback. Parents can ask about their child’s social, emotional and learning behaviour in these environments to help them assess whether to pursue a formal assessment for Learning Disabilities. Schools can also initiate school based assessments when warranted.
Early identification and assessment are crucial to the success of any child or youth with a Learning Disability. This allows parents and other caregivers to provide timely supports in the home, school, community and workplace settings. The types of supports vary based on each individual’s Learning Disability and may include specific instruction, accommodations and self-advocacy skills.