A learning disability can be determined by an educational psychological evaluation by a licensed school psychologist. This can be achieved through your zoned public school or a private evaluator.
You can have testing done privately but depending on who does the assessment may have an impact on whether the school will accept it or not. Be sure to ask if they have a history with your school district. Some districts will require they also do testing, but they would have to do different tests because the same tests can’t be done in the same 12-month period.
Depending on your state, having the school do the assessment can take up to 4 months. By law if you request testing, they have 60 days to comply with the request. The definition of 60 days will vary from state to state so be sure to check your state’s policy. Having the testing done independently at least lets you know what is going on and you can make decisions before more time lapses.
Homeschooling can be a good option. The key to success is whether you can work well together or find it to be a struggle. Many states have a state association for home schooling parents with lots of information and resources to help you with various state compliance requirements. Many areas have co-operatives for families providing group activities and other educational opportunities.
Many children thrive in a homeschool environment, but if the struggles continue, you may need to see if a specific learning disability is causing those struggles.
Tutoring is subject based filling in holes in learning, but the cognitive skills necessary for learning are already in place. Our services focus on brain training. Learning disabilities are neurologically based, and tutoring will not make any difference in how the brain processes information. Brain training focuses on the way information is processed and helps to create neuro pathways that will enhance how the brain then processes information.
Absolutely not! Children can appear to be very active for several reasons. Sometimes very smart kids are bored in a traditional class setting and will act out for that reason. Some children have Sensory Processing Disorder and find the physical act of sitting a difficult task. They will wiggle and squirm in their seats just to try and get comfortable. In younger children it can be symptomatic of a Central Auditory Processing Disorder. What is important is to try and understand the reason for the activity. Getting input from multiple sources can be very helpful.
If you have a teacher that is pushing you to put your child on medication, it is in your best interest to seek other opinions. Ask to come visit the class and observe what is going on and seek out the advice of outside sources. Even if ADHD is the correct diagnosis, there are alternatives to medication that can be done, but exploring all possibilities is the best option.
First, we need to look at what is a 504. A 504 is a civil rights law that was designed to protect students with disabilities against being denied an education because of their disabilities. The problem is, a 504 does not guarantee your child will have an educational program designed to address your child’s specific educational needs. It provides limited protections for parents such as notification of changes or modifications of the 504. The school can update and change without a parent’s knowledge.
An IEP is designed to address the specific educational needs of the student and spells out what is going to be done to achieve those educational needs. You have more rights as a parent that have to be met including notification of meetings and changes desired in the IEP. You as the parent have the right to request meetings to make modifications as changes arise as well. All the considerations under a 504 are covered in an IEP.
The schools and the teachers working with learning disabled students do a fantastic job with the resources they have. The problem is each student with a learning disability is unique, and many schools just don’t have the manpower or resources to provide individualized approaches that some students may need. Unfortunately for them, the law is more on the side of the student than the school/district. If things get to a total impasse, you may need to secure legal services to address with the school/district what they legally are obligated to provide. I have worked with families where the courts have directed that the school would have to pay for outside services that they were not able to provide. This does not mean everything you want is available. It is dependent on what the law states is a compensable and reasonable accommodation outside of the school.
Every disability we encounter is individual and unique, as such, we cannot predict how long it will take to complete the program(s). Be assured, every program is designed for the individual’s specific needs, and we do whatever is possible to ensure efficient success. On average, our programs range from 4 months up to 1 ½ years depending on the scope and complexity and frequency of sessions per week. In severe cases, it could be longer.
Brain training is exercises for the brain. Depending on what cognitive skill is being worked on, different activities will address visualizing, sequencing, problems solving skills to name a few. Brain training stimulates, and, in many instances, improves neural pathways improving various cognitive skills.
An IEP is designed to address the specific educational needs of the student and spells out what is going to be done to achieve those educational needs.