Is it really a learning disability?

From our March newsletter…..

In the 6 years I have been working with children and families in the tutoring world, I have seen a diverse community of needs, abilities and diagnoses. I have reviewed IEP’s and 504 plans, attended IEP meetings, parent teacher meetings and many educational workshops on addressing the needs of students with “specials needs.” Although I have not compiled any specific data with our clients, I can say on average 4 out of every 10 students we work with, receive special education services. “2011–12, the number of children and youth receiving services (were) 6.4 million, corresponding to 13 percent of total public school enrollment.”

Sometimes I hear from teachers, and sometimes from parents, that there is confusion about whether a child has a learning disability or is simply facing a “lack of learning.” In my experience this can be one of those honest disagreements that can cause confusion and even consternation. In several cases, our tutor has questioned the assessment, and yes, it turned out that it was not LD but in fact just difficulty with one subject. And sometimes the student’s teacher has correctly pointed out that a more global approach needs to be taken: exploring the possibility of LD.

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