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How To Know if Your Child Has Learning Differences

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Thousands of children experience a learning difference. Many adults even live their lives with a learning difference that goes undiagnosed. The Winston School has been a resource for parents with children who have learning differences since 1975, and they know that spotting the signs can be difficult, especially if they don’t appear to be out of the ordinary.

What is a learning difference?
A learning difference affects how a person learns to read, write, speak and solve problems. The most common learning differences include dyslexia, dysgraphia and apraxia. However, a few signs that we tend to overlook in younger children include difficulty rhyming words, an awkward pencil grip and inconsistent spacing when writing.

Can it be treated?
Though a learning difference can’t be cured, steps can be taken to ensure it does not affect your child’s success. The Winston Testing and Evaluation Center offers comprehensive evaluations to determine the presence and intensity of learning differences. Measures of achievement, cognitive processesing and language are combined with background information and observations to generate a comprehensive psychoeducational report and an Individual Learning Profile. This can be given to educational leaders at your child’s school, so they can ensure your child’s success. Jennifer Premo, Director of Testing and Diagnostics, wants parents to know the goal of the Winston School Testing and Evaluation Center is to “make learning enjoyable and accessible to all kids…it’s not a disability––it’s just a difference.”

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