Special Education Issues – When to Request Testing

In a perfect school setting, the staff would all be perfectly attentive and aware of the individual needs of each child. But it is impossible, even in great schools, to know exactly what is going on with each child at all times. There may come a moment in time when you feel that your child needs something beyond what they are receiving, and it is up to you to make it happen.

Your child’s school, and even their teacher, doesn’t know your child in detail the way you do. Whether you suspect your child may have a learning disability, or they have already been diagnosed with one but their learning situation is no longer working for them, it is in your hands to find a resolution.

Your Child’s Learning Has Stalled

If your child is having difficulty completing assignments, or has always had difficulty in this area beyond what is a normal challenge for a child their age, ask questions. Your child may have a learning disability that you are not yet aware of. A child should be learning something, no matter how small, at any point in time. If there is no learning happening, more info needs to be sought.

Your Child Seems Anxious or Depressed

Undiagnosed learning disabilities can cause a child to become depressed. If a child feels like they are different, but can’t figure out why, it can be overwhelming. If they have a learning disability but have not been diagnosed, their teacher may think they are lazy and pick on them. When you sense that your child is struggling emotionally in any way, find out if it could be related to special needs your child might have.

Your Child Is Not on Par with Their Peers

All children have different learning styles and paces, but if your child is drastically behind their peers, it is worth taking note of. Without bringing it loudly to your child’s attention, talk with their teachers. See if they have noticed anything that concerns them in this area.

Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to School

All children have days that they would rather stay home. However, a child with an undiagnosed learning disability may dread going to school. When a child is forced to attempt to learn in a situation not suited for them, it can be an exhausting experience. Not wanting to go to school can be a sign of other issues, such as bullying. But it may be as simple as having special needs that need to be addressed.

Your Intuition Tells You Something Isn’t Right

You are likely with your child most of the time. If something is wrong, you may be the one who realizes it first. Many situations force you to rely on your intuition, which lets you know when something isn’t right. It may feel like something is amiss, and your child is facing struggles with their education beyond what an average student faces. Whatever the case, arrange to meet with someone who can do some testing and give you some direction.

If your child is struggling in any of these ways, it may indicate a special education issue. Arrange a meeting with the teacher, principal, or the school administrator that is responsible for special education. You are your child’s greatest advocate, and with their individual needs addressed, they will once again be able to thrive and reach their full potential.

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