Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

December 7, 2014

Does my child have a learning disability? Educators advise “trust your instincts”.



As an Educational Specialist at Child and Family Development in Charlotte, I consult with parents who express concern that their child may have a learning disability. Parents frequently comment that “something is not quite right‚Äù. That gut reaction is often on point.  Trust your instincts and take the time to consider the following:

  • Make a list of all the ‚Äúred flags‚Äù that you have noticed at home. Additionally, plan a teacher conference to discuss any school struggles that might need to be added to the list. 
  • Think about other important factors related to your child‚Äôs learning. Reflect on family, developmental, and medical histories. No observations are insignificant; all of the small pieces will help to form the big picture.
  • Consider your child‚Äôs pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Does your child excel in some areas while struggling in others.
  • Examine your child‚Äôs behavior and emotional reactions. Most children are truly eager to please, and negative behaviors can be a reaction to difficult situations. Learning disabilities can produce sadness, anger, or feelings of insecurity in a previously happy youngster.
  • Consider an evaluation or consultation.