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How can I get my child tested for a learning disability?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many Sources

See your pediatrician for guidance.
Most schools have testing avaiable if needed.A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present.

In brief: Many Sources

See your pediatrician for guidance.
Most schools have testing avaiable if needed.A specialist can help with diagnosis and proper therapy, if this is indeed present.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Start with school

School are required on parent request to look for ld and then provide services if it is present.
Go to your school districts website and look up special education. The procedure for seeking testing will be described there. If you don't feel testing was adequate, you can seek psychological testing elsewhere; your pediatrician may be able to make a referral.

In brief: Start with school

School are required on parent request to look for ld and then provide services if it is present.
Go to your school districts website and look up special education. The procedure for seeking testing will be described there. If you don't feel testing was adequate, you can seek psychological testing elsewhere; your pediatrician may be able to make a referral.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Public/private

You can ask that this be done but do so in writing.
Be sure to sign documents that allow the school to do so and share information with the testing source (there are strict laws covering student info).If the kid does not meet the schools criteria you can have this done privately with an educational psychologist. It can be expensive but often a way for you to qualify your kid for special services.

In brief: Public/private

You can ask that this be done but do so in writing.
Be sure to sign documents that allow the school to do so and share information with the testing source (there are strict laws covering student info).If the kid does not meet the schools criteria you can have this done privately with an educational psychologist. It can be expensive but often a way for you to qualify your kid for special services.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Dr. Ferguson is correct. Also, testing done at schools is adequate for detecting many learning disorders, but are not adequate for detecting other more subtle ones,which can be just as devastating as the more obvious ones. So if school testing finds no problems, getting more extensive testing privately is a very good plan.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A few ways

If you suspect your child has a learning disability, you can ask your school to do an assessment.
You can also ask your doctor for a referal to a developmental pediatrician for an assessment.

In brief: A few ways

If you suspect your child has a learning disability, you can ask your school to do an assessment.
You can also ask your doctor for a referal to a developmental pediatrician for an assessment.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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