A learning disability is a disorder that affects a child’s
ability to either interpret what they see or hear or to link information from
different parts of the brain. These limitations can be displayed in many
different ways: difficulties with mathematics, written or oral expression,
attention, and self-regulation. Yet,
not all struggles with learning are learning disabilities. A child could simply
acquire new information slower or could have other issues that affect new
learning. This is why formal evaluations are so important, to help pin-point the
problem, and then to address the issue.
Each evaluation includes basic assessment of brain functions and
abilities. Observation of your child’s behavior and motivation are also
important. Dr. Sheppard tailors each evaluation to fit your child’s needs and
to investigate the reason for referral. For
example, your child struggles in school. These evaluations can determine if the
root of your child’s struggles are due to a learning disability, attentional
problems, a language disorder, behavioral issues, or a combination of factors.
one of the most important components to these evaluations is the provision of
concrete, specific recommendations that can be implemented in the classroom
and home settings.