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Monitoring Your Child's Progress

Your child's status should be reevaluated periodically, since development is an ongoing process, changing over time and in the face of new demands. In some cases a learning disability may be obvious only in specific situations when the child is called upon to perform a particular function. Also, as some children mature, they outgrow or learn to compensate for their difficulties. These youngsters may develop excellent coping skills and develop an unusual degree of insight about themselves. On the other hand, some learning disabil­ities may become more significant and disabling as the child matures or faces greater challenges. Once identified as having learning disabilities, children are entitled to a reevaluation every few years (this varies by state) to determine their current situation and need for services.

Regular meetings with teachers are an effective way to monitor your child's status and discuss his progress. It also is a way to let the school and the teacher know that you remain an advocate for your child and that you appre­ciate what the school is doing. Furthermore, your involvement sends a strong message to your youngster that you are willing to stand up for him and seek appropriate services and support. In some cases change and improvement may not fully raise your child's abilities to age- or grade-appropriate levels, even though the situation may improve. Many children eventually experience success once they complete high school, because they can then select the higher education, vocational training, or job that best suits them and provides them with gratification.

A number of educational and parent associations can provide you with in­formation (reading material and conferences on learning disabilities), as well as moral support and advice. School personnel and other professionals can provide you with a list of these organizations. One such group with state and local chapters is:

Learning Disabilities Association
4156 Library Road
Pitts­burgh, Pennsylvania 15234

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Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12 (Copyright © 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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