If your child strives to do their best at school but still falls behind, they may have a learning disability. Clinical psychologist Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and the team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia, address learning disabilities in writing, reading, math, and beyond. They collaborate on your child’s Individual Education Plan to ensure your child is matched with high-quality educational and behavioral services. Call the office today or schedule a consultation.
A learning disability is an issue with brain functioning that interferes with a child’s ability to learn. Learning disabilities tend to run in families, and a child can be born with a tendency to have learning challenges.
Learning disabilities tend to fall into three categories. These categories are dyslexia, which is difficulty reading; dyscalculia, which involves challenges in math; and dysgraphia, which is difficulty writing. These disabilities can range from mild to severe. You may not realize your child has a learning disability until they have trouble keeping up in school.
The symptoms of a learning disability can run the gamut. However, common signs include difficulty following directions in school, distinguishing left from right, recognizing patterns, or performing tasks like drawing, writing, or cutting. Children with learning disabilities also transpose letters or numbers or find it challenging to understand the concept of time.
These challenges can cause frustration in your youngster. They may feel frustrated when they’re struggling despite their best efforts and may act out or withdraw.
Learning disabilities also can occur in tandem with behavioral disorders, such as ADHD. This combination of issues can make it especially difficult for your child to succeed in school. At Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness, they evaluate and diagnose your child so that they can get the right kind of help for their condition.
Children with specific learning disabilities are eligible for special education services or accommodations at school. If you feel your child might benefit from special education services, Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness may recommend requesting an Individual Education Plan (IEP) evaluation from your school.
The team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness takes part in writing your child’s IEP, which is an educational roadmap designed for your child. They provide recommendations for IEP planning and supply consultative therapy to make sure your child is matched with the best services available at their school. Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness also provides behavioral services to promote your child’s success, including family therapy, speech therapy, and counseling.
If you believe your child is struggling with a learning disability, don’t delay. Early intervention can set your child on the road to success. Call Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness today or book a consultation online to discuss an evaluation of your child.