A single test can't diagnose
dyslexia. Rather, your doctor or a school professional (such as a reading specialist) will ask you what signs of dyslexia you and your child's teachers
have seen. He or she will ask your child questions too.
Reading tests and other types of
assessments may be done to help find out more about your
child's skills. For example, tests may include those that focus on your child's
learning style, language and problem-solving skills, and
intelligence quotient (IQ).
Many day cares and preschools in the U.S. have prominently posted signs
asking parents not to pack food for their kids containing peanuts, because so
many children are allergic. It seems like special dietary needs are an
Food allergies affect as many as 8% of children in the U.S., leaving a
challenge for parents: What can you pack for lunch? How can you be sure your
kids don't trade snacks with a friend? How should you handle occasions like
To find answers...
It takes a team to diagnose dyslexia. School professionals or learning specialists in your area will assess
academic skills and abilities. Your child's doctor can assess your child's general health
and cognitive development. A complete medical, behavioral, educational, and
social history may be taken to rule out other conditions (such as a brain
injury) that can also interfere with the ability to read or memorize
It must be clear that your child doesn't have another problem that could cause him or
her to struggle with reading, such as a condition that affects
Dyslexia is only
There is evidence of a severe reading
The problem is not due to low intelligence, a visual or
hearing deficit or other physical conditions, or a lack of educational
For a child to qualify for special education assistance, federal law requires
that the child have tests to help check his or her language and math skills.
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April 12, 2012
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