School diagnosed my six yearold as learning disabled

Shay - posted on 02/21/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My little girl is six years old.. Her birthday is in October right after the cut off so she started school a year later than most children her age.. She is in kindergarten and also has been diagnosed with ADHD.. The doctor put her on intuniv when she was five and seemed to calm her down a little bit.. But she still can't focus.. Bayview Elementary School did a EIP evaluation on her and she failed every category.. We work with her at home a lot and it can be very frustrating and often feel sad for her because she just wants to draw on the paper rather than write.. She can partially write her name but it takes some time.. Her school wants to move her into a classroom for disabled children and said she will most likely repeat kindergarten next year.. She shakes her hands a lot when she is excited, scared or nervous.. She walks on her tip toes rather than flat on her feet and her speech is a little off but she is very understandable.. Should I be worried that she could be low risk autism? Make her an appointment with her pediatrician to get a evaluation? Should I let her doctor know that the school diagnosed her as a learning disabled child and is moving her to a different classroom setting? Anyone else have a child like her that can give me advice or tips?


Rebekah - posted on 02/21/2014




The hand flapping could suggest sensory issues, if not autism spectrum. Hard to say for sure. When the school evaluated her for the IEP, did the school psychologist suspect anything in the developmental disorders? Ask lots of questions. And if your instincts tell you there might be more to it, by all means get another opinion/evaluation. You could ask the pediatrician if they would recommend someone who specializes in these kinds of things to get the clearest diagnosis possible. That said, your daughter may still be placed in the class for learning needs, but if the problem is identified as autism spectrum, they will have more of an understanding of what is happening with her and what she needs. And if it isn't autism, then it will ease your mind. Good luck!

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