Poor Student? Maybe not...

When a child’s grades are poor, if he is hesitant to read out loud, has difficulty recalling what he reads, or struggles with math, parents may conclude that he is not trying or working hard enough.

When parents question these difficulties, they may be told that their child is “just a boy” or that the troubles are developmentally related and will improve as their child matures.  While in some cases this may be true, it is important to understand that children with learning disabilities also have these problems.  If a learning disability exists, it will not improve without formal intervention.  

When parents see that their child is struggling in school, the best thing that they can do is take steps to identify the problem.  Early intervention leads to a much more desirable long-term outcome.