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Back to School Stress

It is that time of year- when children and parents alike prepare for another year. A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! For many children, this is a time of great excitement as they anticipate a successful year. However, for some families, the return to school causes reflection on difficulties experienced during the previous year and continuing concern about a child’s academic weaknesses. If these same concerns continue for an extended period of time, it is possible that a child may be experiencing a learning disability.

Learning disabilities are problems that affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a student to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by learning disabilities. There are many kinds of learning disabilities (e.g., difficulty with reading, math or written expression) and many students are affected by more than one kind.

Children who have an undiagnosed learning disability will feel extremely embarrassed and frustrated by their academic progress. Such a child may also experience self-doubt in other areas of their life. They often dislike school and sometimes demonstrate behavior problems. If not addressed, they may have limitations in career choices and income later in life.

As untreated learning disabilities have such significant impact, it is important to find the reason(s) for a child’s poor school performance and come up with a treatment plan early in the year so that the child can perform up to their full potential.

Beth Wykle, Ph.D.
School Certified Psychologist

If you suspect that your child may have a learning disability and you would like to schedule an evaluation please contact us at 610.873.4748

 

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