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When Should You Get Your Child Tested?

Learn when to get your child tested by a psychologist from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


Sometimes parents know right away that their child is struggling in some aspect of school and having difficulty learning. Other times, parents aren't quite sure, but they do know that their child is experiencing trouble in a particular subject or a decline in grade as the school term progresses. If this occurs, it's really important to sit and discuss the learning patterns of your child with his or her teacher. Sometimes children don't have obvious learning difficulties, but they may be experiencing some behavioral challenges. Oftentimes behavioral challenges really are secondary to a child who's struggling in an academic class. For instance, a child who is struggling in math may become disruptive or quite chatty and talkative right before math class, because they're really not looking forward to the task.

After speaking with the child's teacher, it may be appropriate to speak with the school psychologist or find a private, clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist to have your child evaluated. What testing shows is your child's strengths and challenges. If your child has some discrepancies, you can now share with the school the results of the testing, which will show your child's strengths and how these can be used to compensate in your child's less developed areas. While having your child tested can provide you with valuable information about your child's learning style, it can also help the school team reach your child and teach to their needs. There's a great deal of information from having your child tested. And these are just some of the key factors.

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