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Learning Disabilities

Diagnosing a child’s learning problem isn’t easy. Start by reviewing these general guidelines.


How can you tell if your child has a learning disability? This is a tough question — mainly because the term "learning disability" covers so many different types of problems and conditions that affect learning in children with average or above-average intelligence. In addition, different school districts use different criteria to define, diagnose, and treat learning disabilities. And children who have learning problems also often have physical, behavioral, or social problems that can complicate both diagnosis and treatment.

In general, however, you or your child's teacher may suspect a learning disability if:

  • Your child's performance in reading, writing, or math is erratic, or is far below that of his classmates, and
  • Despite special help, he continu