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Bright Child Is Struggling
Q: My son constantly struggles. He was retained in the second grade (my choice). He has been tested three times and has never qualified as LD. My son exemplifies leadership skills in many other areas. I also did the online gifted test with his information and he shows qualifications of giftedness. Where do I go from here?
A: It's difficult to advise you where to go next without knowing more about:
1. The kinds of difficulties your son is experiencing
2. Exactly what the test results were in the past, including the names of tests given
3. What interventions have already been tried
If your child was tested by your local school district and no difficulties were uncovered that would merit services for him, it may be time to take him for an outside, independent evaluation that might be more comprehensive.
I would call the toll-free number of the Learning Disabilities Association of America at 1-888-300-6710 to see if there is a branch of this advocacy group within your community. If there is, call them and ask for a referral for a full psychoeducational evaluation as well as information about whether you might get funding from your school district to have it done. You can also get referrals from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (1-800-575-7373) or the International Dyslexia Association (1-800-ABCD123). Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is also an interesting website for parents that has many ideas for supports you or your school could provide.
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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.