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Early Detection Of A Learning Disability Can Provide Lifelong Clarity

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Hitting developmental milestones is crucial for a child's educational success. Missing certain markers can indicate a learning disability, which has the power to significantly impede a person's reading, writing, speaking and math skills. 

In the 2017-2018 school year, seven million American public school students received special education services, 34 percent of those students were identified as having a specific learning disability.

Distinguishing the signs and symptoms of learning difficulties is the first step, but official diagnosis of a learning disability can only happen after a full medical evaluation that includes a neurological exam.

Students with learning disabilities can struggle with reading comprehension, written expression and problem solving. Children who display learning deficits could have a disorder such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorder, nonverbal learning, or visual perceptual/visual motor deficit.


What's being done to identify and accommodate students living with these kinds of disabilities? What do parents need to know to be a good advocate for their child?


What resources are available to educators? Are learning deficits harder to identify in biligual students? 

What are the lifelong impacts of learning disabilities?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, August 5 .


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