Preemie and learning disability

April - posted on 12/11/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son was born at 28 weeks, 5/2007 spent 52 days in the NICU. He was a little behind with walking, talking but seemed to be "caught up" by the time he started kindergarten. He has always been a little quirky (for lack of a better word) certain noises bother him, refuses to learn to tie his shoes, very careful when playing, not a risk taker. He did very well kinder and 1st grade, now he is in the 2nd and is struggling. His teacher believes he is ADD, and it is very possible he is. Yesterday after a meeting with the principal, I was so upset they told me "I need to cut the apron strings". I came home and started searching to see if there was any connection with pre-term babies and learning disabilities. I am certain now that there is a connection, I just need help getting a plan of action and advice on getting the best possible help for my sweet boy.


Sarah - posted on 12/11/2014




As a school nurse I hear this argument often. There is just not enough research to prove or disprove the theory.
Bottom line, you want your child to have a positive learning experience. The attributes you list sound more like Aspergers or on the PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) range. Through the school (if you live in the US and are in public school) you can have a comprehensive evaluation done. His hearing, cognitive abilities, verbal and on verbal skills, comprehension and ability to reason will all be checked out. When you have those results you can begin getting an IEP in place for him to help him in school.

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