“Learning Disability” is the most common classification for children with IEPs. The term "learning disability" includes many different diagnoses, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing disorder. Unfortunately, even if your child’s IEP lists learning disability as a classification, the school district may not have identified or explained the exact nature of the learning disability. Without that information, you cannot be sure that your child is receiving the right services.
In addition, many children have learning disabilities that parents are not aware of; they may be classified on an IEP with as emotionally disturbed, speech and language impaired, multiply disabled, or other health impaired. However, the real reason the child is not learning is due to an underlying learning disability.
Some children have learning disabilities but do not yet have IEPs; they may be struggling in school, failing or having behavior problems.
The Right Diagnosis or Identification is Important
If your child is not making progress in reading, writing or math, or struggling with behavior or academics, it is important for you to try to get an independent expert to evaluate your child and try to identify the cause for the lack of progress. The special education law may provide a way for parents to have an independent evaluation paid for by the district.
Your Child May be Eligible for Tutoring
Many school districts do not offer 1:1 or individual tutoring in reading, writing or math. Many children with learning disabilities require special teaching methods (called multi-sensory instruction) in order to learn.
Our firm can give you free information about whether you may be able to obtain private tutoring from the school district.
Your Child May Need a Laptop, IPad or Other Technology
Some children with learning disabilities can benefit from using technology to help them read, write and even perform math. If you are not familiar with assistive technology, you can call us for information.
Your Child May Be Entitled To Accommodations Help on Tests and Assignments
“Testing Accommodations” refers to a range of supports your child can receive if they need help with tests and assignments. Those include unlimited time, double time, instructions read aloud, use of calculator, a scribe, answers recorded in any manner, and many more options.