Knowing the early signs of a possible learning disability can help parents get their child the help he or she needs as soon as possible. That’s why it is important to pay attention to your child’s developmental milestones. Delays such as late walking or talking or trouble with socialization can be signs of a learning disorder in toddlers and preschoolers.
Treating Learning Disorders
Special education is the most common treatment for learning disorders. Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all U.S. children with learning disorders are entitled to receive special education services for free in public schools.
After doing an evaluation to pinpoint where your child is having problems, a team of special educators will create an individualized education program (IEP) for your child that outlines what special services he needs to thrive at school. Special educators will then help your child build on his strengths and teach him ways to compensate for his weaknesses.
Many resources are also available outside of the public school system, including:
- Private schools that specialize in treating children with learning disabilities
- After-school programs designed for children with learning disabilities
At-home tutoring and therapy services
A learning disability doesn’t have to be a roadblock to success. With the right tools, people with learning disabilities can overcome any challenge.